Advancing systems thinking and cross-sector collaboration to create a culture of health

Maureen Sroczynski, Edna Cadmus, Patricia Polansky

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Systems thinking provides a methodology to decode the complexity of health systems and design and evaluate interventions that maximize health and health equity. The World Health Organization report examines dynamics and challenges of systems thinking in healthcare with a focus on aligning policies, priorities, and managing and coordinating partnerships and expectations among stakeholders. Both Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Campaign for Action (CFA) have adopted this approach to garner trust, galvanize support, and inspire others toward meaningful action. The RWJF Culture of Health (COH) framework identifies four areas where action is needed to build a COH. These action areas include making health a shared value, fostering cross-sector collaboration to improve well-being, creating healthier, more equitable communities, and strengthening the integration of health services and systems with an outcome of population health and well-being surrounded by health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDNP Education, Practice, and Policy, Second Edition
Subtitle of host publicationRedesigning Advanced Practice for the 21st Century
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780826140197
ISBN (Print)9780826140180
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Culture of health
  • Health equity
  • Health services
  • Health systems
  • Healthcare
  • Population health
  • Robert wood johnson foundation
  • Systems thinking
  • World health organization


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