Health Promotion Dissemination and Systems Thinking: Towards an Integrative Model

Allan Best, Gregg Moor, Bev Holmes, Pamela I. Clark, Ted Bruce, Scott Leischow, Kaye Buchholz, Judith Krajnak

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Objective: To help close the gap between health promotion research and practice by using systems thinking. Methods: We reviewed 3 national US tobacco control initiatives and a project (ISIS) that had introduced systems thinking to tobacco control, speculating on ways in which systems thinking may add value to health promotion dissemination and implementation in general. Results: The diversity of disciplines involved in tobacco control have created disconnection in the field; systems thinking is necessary to increase the impact of strategies. Conclusion: Systems thinking has potential to improve synthesis, translation, and dissemination of research findings in other health promotion initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S206-S216
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Community
  • Dissemination
  • Health promotion
  • Planning
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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