PHIT: Pre-conference Workshop – June 11, 2019







PHIT: Introducing the Strategic Scholars Pre-conference Workshop – June 11, 2019

Interested in building your skills in systems thinking strategies? Apply to participate in a hands-on, highly interactive and application-based workshop on systems thinking held the day prior to the Public Health Improvement Training. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to get individualized coaching in the months following the workshop to apply systems thinking tools to a complex public health issue.

NNPHI will cover all travel related costs for two team leads to attend the workshop AND the PHIT training.

About the Workshop

Learn concepts and apply tools to better understand the systems that are contributing to public health problems; use those insights to identify high-impact interventions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Apply systems thinking tools to see the bigger picture behind complex problems
  • Demonstrate enhanced capacity to consider unintended consequences of actions
  • Distinguish between short-term fixes and high-leverage interventions
  • Use system archetypes to understand system performance and communicate about complex issues
  • Recognize how you may implicate the system challenges you face

Why attend this workshop?

Systems thinking skills were identified as one of the top new skills needed by the public health workforce in a recent report “Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce” from the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development. Systems thinking skills can be easily used in a wide variety of challenges, from interpersonal, organizational to community issues. Add to your organization’s capacity!

How to Apply

Fill out this online application.

Attendance Requirements

  • Must attend in a team (minimum 2 people from your organization, preferably from different departments)
  • Complete approximately 45 minutes of pre-workshop assignments
  • Anyone in public health can attend (managers, practitioners, community leaders)
  • Openness and willingness to learn!

Complete this brief form to apply. Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2019. We will follow up with you to let you know if you have been selected on or before April 15, 2019.

Workshop Instructor: Julia Ross, Systems Thinking Expert

Julia Ross has been working in the field of systems thinking and systems change for over 30 years. The focus of her work is building the capacity of individuals, teams, and multi-stakeholder groups in using a systems thinking approach in dealing with complex issues and creating sustainable results. She strives to make systems thinking easy to understand, accessible and directly applicable to organizational life.  She has extensive experience training, coaching and consulting in local government, public health and health care systems. Julia has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and is also a Senior Faculty member for the Public Sector Consortium – a non-profit organization that provides public sector leaders with actionable tools that create and sustain high-performing public organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Vermont.

What public health participants are saying about the Systems Thinking Workshop:

“The focus on tangible tools and ways to use the tools in our work made the training very worthwhile. It was helpful to move beyond concepts and theory and dig into application.”

Chronic Disease and Disability Coordinator

“I appreciated exploring and collaborating to understand each other’s problems. This helped to build a greater understanding of some of our very own problems.”

Health Systems Program Administrator


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