Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health

We believe that systems thinking and complexity science can be transformational in global health by increasing local capacity and shared learning, and minimizing unintended consequences.

About ST4C Health

Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health (ST4C Health) is a group of health professionals, students, and concerned citizens dedicated to the strengthening of health systems in low income countries around the globe. We strongly believe that systems thinking – a novel way of thinking about and approaching health – is a new frontier with significant potential for strengthening health systems and building capacity. ST4C Health collaborates with health professionals around the world to disseminate systems thinking ideas and methods; catalyze the formation of action networks; mobilize stakeholders; and perform research. We are very grateful for the financial support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). We hope you will join us in this cause as we seek to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity globally.

Dr. Chad Swanson, an emergency physician and passionate advocate for increased systems thinking in health, is the founder and manager of this group.

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6 comments on “About ST4C Health

  1. Anke Tijtsma
    February 4, 2009

    Please keep us updated on the Call.
    regards from Holland

  2. chads
    February 12, 2009

    Thanks for stopping by, Anke. I have included a link to your organization on the sidebar, and hope that we find ways to collaborate in the future.

  3. Tom
    January 3, 2011

    Hi. Your website would make a more compelling argument if it did not take ten clicks to figure out what “HSIA” stands for. I have still not found the answer, and I have visited all the top-level pages on the site!

    • chads
      January 5, 2011

      Thanks for the feedback, Tom. HSIA stands for “health system impact assessment” (sometimes ghsia, for global health system impact assessment). I’ll clarify in the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Christina Burton
    March 23, 2015

    Hi Chad, I am an administrative assistant for the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in the Health Economics, Systems, and Integration Branch at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. I recently watched a YouTube video of yours called “Systems Thinking and Complexity in Health: A Short Introduction,” and I am interested in sharing that video in an open forum. Can you please contact me so we can discuss further the steps I will need to take in order to possibly do so?

    -Thanks in advance!

    • chads
      March 23, 2015

      Hi, Christina. Feel free to share the video as much and in any forum as you’d like.

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