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Connecting the dots: Translating systems thinking into public health innovations


Professor Terry Huang
Professor Terry Huang

Professor Terry Huang delivered a presentation in the Prevention Centre’s System Expert Series in April.

Professor Huang, Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York School of Public Health and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, is a global leader in creative solutions for obesity and chronic disease, systems-oriented prevention strategies, cross-sectoral partnerships and the translation of science to policy.

  • Watch his full presentation

 

Professor Terry Huang
Professor Terry Huang

Professor Terry Huang delivered a presentation in the Prevention Centre’s System Expert Series in April.

Professor Huang, Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York School of Public Health and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, is a global leader in creative solutions for obesity and chronic disease, systems-oriented prevention strategies, cross-sectoral partnerships and the translation of science to policy.

  • Watch his full presentation

 

The impact of interventions for obesity and chronic disease has often been limited because these interventions tend to take a compartmentalised approach rather than tackle the complexity of the problems directly.

Insights from systems science have the potential to inform the design of public health interventions and enhance their implementation and dissemination.  Systems thinking can also transform the ways in which public health engages communities and the public to address pressing public health challenges and health disparities.

Professor Huang will give an introduction to systems thinking, discuss ways to integrate top-down and bottom-up approaches to public health, and conclude with some ideas for how to evaluate systems interventions.

Terry Huang is Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York School of Public Health and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health. He chaired the Department of Health Promotion at UNMC from 2010-2014. Professor Huang is co-founder and Senior Advisor of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, which coordinates activities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Previously, Professor Huang was Director of the Obesity Research Strategic Core at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where he played a leading role in developing new national research directions and funding priorities. Professor Huang is one of the leading proponents on the integration of systems science and chronic disease prevention.