Addressing Complex Challenges Using Systems Thinking

Tuesday, October 11
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM (Eastern Time)
CE: 1.5
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 170833


Complex adaptive problems, such as diversity, equity, inclusion; sustainable food and water systems; nutrition insecurity; and malnutrition require multidimensional approaches by registered dietitian nutritionists. Training practitioners to expand their toolboxes to include systems approaches, such as the Individual + Policy, Systems, and Environmental Conceptual Framework for Action, can prepare RDNs for societal and workplace challenges. In this session, learn how dietitians have implemented systems approaches to improve complex problem-solving skills, address organizational challenges, and see broader connections between individual actions and actions at policy, systems, and environmental levels.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how systems thinking and critical thinking can lead to improved system change approaches across diverse areas of dietetic practice
  • Articulate how the Individual plus Policy, Systems, and Environmental (I+PSE) Conceptual Framework for Action can be leveraged to address complex challenges in dietetics research, education, practice, and policy
  • Explain how the I+PSE Framework can be used to advance organizational inclusion, diversity, equity, and access and empower dietetic practitioners

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.1.1 Identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement in self and in others
  • 1.1.2 Pursues and embraces opportunities to advance practice.
  • 4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and professional judgment to address needs.