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Topic(s): Cross-Cutting - Program design/implementation, Systems thinking
Format: online
CEU Credits: 0.5 Hours
Contact: Safe States Alliance -; 770-690-9000

This webinar is brought to you by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch


In Fall 2020, presenters introduced systems thinking as an effective approach for tackling complex issues such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and suicide, which have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the, the ACEs and Suicide Prevention in a Remote Environment (ASPIRE) team has hosted a 6-month Collaborative Learning Institute to provide multi-sector teams intensive training on two systems thinking tools that can be leveraged to build and strengthen partnerships to address shared risk and protective factors (SRPFs) for ACEs and suicide.

During this webinar, presenters will revisit the systems thinking tools introduced in webinar #1, and graduates of the Collaborative Learning Institute will share their experience and how their teams were able to leverage these tools to move forward or reimagine their ACEs and/or suicide prevention initiatives. Presenters will also highlight key considerations and lessons learned to real world application of these tools and facilitating systems thinking work in a virtual environment.


Becky Naumann, PhD Assistant Professor of Epidemiology UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

Kristin Hassmiller Lich, PhD Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Allison Drain, MPA, MSW Prevention Coordinator NC DHHS/NC Problem Gambling Program

Sarah Trejo, MBA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Columbia Health Services

Claire Catt, Executive Director United Way of Columbia County


Siarra Scott, MPH, CHES Project Manager UNC Injury Prevention Research Center


Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine effective methods and tools for facilitating systems thinking in remote environments
  2. Understand why systems thinking approaches can be helpful for establishing or advancing collaborative partnerships
  3. Understand where to go for more resources on systems thinking approaches to strengthen injury prevention practice and research
Time/Length: 0.5 Hours
Additional Registration Required: no
Core Competencies:
CHES Areas of Responsibility: Area I: Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion
Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion
CPH Core Areas: Environmental Health Sciences
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas Systems Thinking