Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2016)— Today AcademyHealth announced five new Systems Science Scholars who will bring critical research expertise to bear on systems-level challenges affecting the nation’s public health.
“There is great potential for systems science to inform positive changes to the nation’s health care system,” said Kate Papa, director of AcademyHealth’s public and population health program. “This program gives us a unique opportunity to coordinate with other disciplines in health and create solutions for the multifaceted health care and public health issues we face as a nation. Systems science methodologies are well suited to address a range of health issues, and health services research would benefit from integrating systems science methodologies into its toolbox.”
The Systems Science Scholarship is designed to stimulate systems-level approaches to complex social, behavioral, and environmental influences that contribute to ill health in the U.S. and ultimately contribute innovative solutions in overcoming them. While the field of health services and policy research has contributed a vast evidence base, systems science has not been used to its potential to inform changes to the nation’s health care system.
With support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a selection committee composed of leaders in both systems science and population health, five scholars were selected from a competitive and diverse pool of applicants.