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.


We would like to express our gratitude and acknowledge the contributions of the follow organizations and people who have helped further this movement:

This work was supported by the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Brigham Young University

The Rockefeller Foundation

Bellagio Conference Attendees

  • Gary Aslanyan
  • Rifat Atun
  • Mary Bassett
  • Allan Best
  • Arvind Betigeri
  • Jo Ivey Boufford
  • Karen Cavanaugh
  • Somsak Chunharas
  • Francisco Eduardo De Campos
  • Tea Collins
  • Delanyo Dovlo
  • Paul Fife
  • Damen Gebre Kiros
  • Stephen Jan
  • Patrick Kadama
  • Juliet Nabyonga
  • Walaiporn Patcharanarumol
  • Ann Phoya
  • David Sanders
  • Thiagarajan Sundararaman
  • Robert Chad Swanson
  • Wim Van Damme

White Paper Acknowledgements

An Introduction to Complex Systems Thinking in Health

  • Senior Author: Dr. R. Chad Swanson
  • Primary Authors:
    • Gina Brown
    • Lauren Christoffersen
    • Fred Nelson
    • Emily Lind
    • Renae Bowen
  • Contributor: Thomas Heaton


Complex Systems Thinking to Transform Health Education

  • Senior Author: Dr. R. Chad Swanson
  • Primary Authors:
    • Thomas Heaton
    • Gina Brown
    • Emily Lind
  • Contributors:
    • Fred Nelson
    • Lauren Christoffersen

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