Advancing the Future of Nutrition and Dietetics Through Systems Thinking
Rarely before has the call for systems thinking and leadership been so profound. Thriving in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world requires RDNs and NDTRs to see broader connections, think in new ways, and add new tools to their toolbox. This session will demonstrate how thinking critically and understanding complex challenges using a systems framework will increase leadership capacity, practice efficacy, and drive beneficial impacts. This session will analyze how systems thinking and systems practice tools can effectively address challenges and how RDNs and NDTRs can leverage policy, system, and environmental change strategies to advance individual nutrition interventions. Regardless of area of practice, evidence-based systems approaches will empower nutrition and dietetic practitioners to be more responsive to rapidly changing conditions and be equipped to lead transformational change.
- Define systems thinking in the wake of leadership challenges and opportunities.
- Analyze how systems thinking from a leadership perspective can effectively address challenges now and in the future.
- Apply the Individual + Policy, Systems, and Environmental (I+PSE) Conceptual Framework for Action using a practice-based case study approach.
- 3.2.4 Encourages others to engage in personal and professional development activities for career growth and skill enhancement.
- 4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and professional judgment to address a need.
- 4.2.1 Identifies potential or real problems, issues or challenges.
Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, LD
Iowa State University, Dietetic Internship
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Founder & Chief Strategist
Akta Strategies, LLC
Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH
Director, DrPH in Leadership
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health