Online Program

Systems engineering modeling approach to problem definition, analysis and solution: A method to document, archive, and retrieve problem analyses to inform next steps

Sunday, November 1, 2015

LeeRoy Bronner, PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Yvonne L. Bronner, ScD, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
(1)    Introduction
  1. Solving Public Health problems involves investigators from multiple disciplines working together over long periods of time.  A critical issue with this process is loss of knowledge developed during meeting sessions making it difficult to recall and use information to continue the problem solving process when time has elapsed.
  2. The purpose of this research is to demonstrate how to use meeting notes to visually/graphically capture in-depth thinking of investigators to model, document, archive, retrieve and use content to inform next steps after time has lapsed.

(2)    Methods

  1. Using systems and public health methods, the development of conceptual graphical models of reasoning and collaboration among experts can be captured for problem solving and to continue the modeling and analysis process by using notes and artifacts to produce visuals and graphics. Notes from meeting sessions are used to produce graphs that show content, relationships and the rationale for decisions.

(3)    Results

  1. These detailed visual/graphical models:  1) make it easy to find gaps in logical problem solving during the development of grant applications and projects; 2) provides a means for efficiently and effectively continuing work after time has lapsed between, a) grant submission,  funding or resubmission, and b) project completion and writing manuscripts/ reports/ abstracts, etc.; and 3) facilitates communication with stakeholders since the information is visual.

(4)    Discussion

  1. Public health problem solving will be enhanced by methods that facilitate efficient and effective modeling, documentation, archiving and retrieval of detailed progress information that can be used to inform next steps. 

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe, discuss and explain a systems engineering modeling approach to problem definition, analysis and solution using a method to Document, Archive, and Retrieve Problem Analyses to Inform Next Steps.

Keyword(s): Research, Methodology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Over the past 20 years I have worked with the presenter in adapting the systems methods to public health applications. The presenter has more than 30 years of systems engineering research and experience. The presenter and author are faculty at Morgan State University in Engineering and Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.