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Wikipedia Entry for SyndemicLink to nonfederal Web site
As the compendium of knowledge on diseases has advanced it has become increasingly clear that diseases do not usually exist in isolation from other diseases and health conditions, that synergistic disease interactions are of considerable importance to disease course and consequence, and that the social conditions of disease sufferers are critical to understanding the clustering and spread of disease, its expression in signs and symptoms, and its health impact at the individual and population levels.

Hygeia's Constellation: Navigating Health Futures in a Dynamic and Democratic World
This report examines how public health work is transforming and reorienting in the context of contemporary challenges. It concentrates on several linked innovations in thinking and action, set against historical examples and current trends. With those directions in mind, it then considers the pragmatic work that we must now do, as citizens of a pluralistic and increasingly fast-moving world, to assure safer, healthier conditions for ourselves and for generations to come.
Milstein B. Syndemics Prevention Network, CDC. 2008.

AJPH Theme Issue on Systems Thinking and Modeling
The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published a collection of papers demonstrating how the principles and techniques of systems thinking and modeling can be used effectively and ethically by public health professionals.  Leischow S, Milstein B, guest editors.  American Journal of Public Health 2006;96(3)

NIH/CDC Symposia Series on Systems Science and Health
A four-part educational series featuring leaders in various areas of systems science and public health. The purposes are to (1) raise awareness of particularly promising methodologies; and (2) improve our collective understanding about how and when they may be used effectively by behavioral and social scientists (including researchers, policy analysts, planners/evaluators, grant reviewers, journal editors, and government officials).
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the CDC Syndemics Prevention Network, March--August, 2007)

Protecting Health: the New Research ImperativeLink to nonfederal Web site
To truly transform the current scientific enterprise and accelerate access to the information needed to protect the public, it is essential to create a future that addresses 4 key health protection research challenges: content, complexity, competencies, and capacity.
Gerberding J. Journal of the American Medical Association 2005;294(11):1403-1406.

Omics, Epidemics, Syndemics, Pandemics… Global Health Protection in the 21st Century  Powerpoint(PPT-3.45M)
Today′s science offers an integrated approach to emerging urgent threats, such as infectious disease or natural disasters, and ongoing urgent realities, such as obesity and heart disease. In the small world networks of the 21st century, public health is moving toward more connectivity, innovation, and collaboration to build strong networks to ensure healthy people in a healthy world.
Gerberding J.  Stanford University, 2007.

Health Protectionomics: A New Science of People, Policy, and PoliticsLink to nonfederal Web site
A macroscopic view of public health work, including a focus on syndemics, is increasingly important as a scientific foundation for protecting the public's health. 
Gerberding J. George Washington University, 2007.

Greater Than the Sum: Systems Thinking in Tobacco Control
This monograph describes key lessons from the first two years of the Initiative on the Study and Implementation of Systems (ISIS). The ISIS project, funded by the National Cancer Institute, was one of the first major coordinated efforts to explore the application of systems thinking approaches and methodologies to public health.  In a groundbreaking approach to tobacco control, this report gives those in tobacco control and in public health a new approach and a set of methodologies to achieve further change.
Best A, Clark P, Leischow S, Trochim W, editors.  National Cancer Institute, 2007.

Reducing Healthcare Costs Through PreventionLink to nonfederal Web site(PDF–565K)PDF Icon
The report from the Prevention Institute and The California Endowment with the Urban Institute, suggests that a majority of the most costly health conditions are preventable and just a 5% reduction in preventable illnesses and injuries could lead to substantial savings. Even end-of-life care expenses, often discussed as a virtual fixed cost, display reductions from prevention.
Prevention Institute, California Endowment, Urban Institute, 2007.

Syndemics Research WebsiteLink to nonfederal Web site
This website fosters global interaction and collaboration among researchers and others interested in syndemics, the understanding of which constitutes part of the new understanding in biology, public health, and the medical social sciences.
University of Connecticut, 2008.

CDC's Health Protection Goals
CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s lives by accelerating health impact and reducing health disparities. CDC has created a set of four overarching Health Protection Goals, which are supported by a number of strategic goals and objectives.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.

Designing and Building Healthy Places
As we embark into the 21st century, the interaction between people and their environments, natural as well as human-made, continues to emerge as a major issue concerning public health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.

Tackling Health Inequalities Through Public Health PracticeLink to nonfederal Web site(PDF–2.3M)PDF Icon
This edited volume explores the implications of growing health inequities for the work of local health departments (LHDs). Health inequities—which result from an unequal structuring of life chances—are systemic, avoidable, unfair and unjust differences in health status and mortality rates, as well as in the distribution of disease and illness across population groups. They are sustained over time and generations and beyond the control of individuals. What can LHDs do to eliminate them?
Hofrichter R, editor.  National Association of County and City Health Officials, Ingham County Health Department, 2007.

Reaching for a Healthier Life: Facts on Socioeconomic Status and Health in the USALink to nonfederal Web site(PDF–928K)PDF Icon
There are substantial disparities in health and longevity among different sectors of the US population. Who suffers from poorer health and greater premature mortality? How do these differences come about? What can be done to eliminate these disparities?
Adler N, Stewart J. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2007.

Complex Systems Approaches to Population HealthLink to nonfederal Web site
This two-day meeting sought catalyze the translation and application of complex systems approaches in areas of the population’s health where there is great promise. Complex problems demand contributions from multiple disciplines, and brought together experts from epidemiology, sociology, biology, political science, physical sciences, public and health policy, economics, and mathematics.
University of Michigan, 2007.

Public health: implementation scienceLink to nonfederal Web site
Researchers and funders need to use systems approaches that are beginning to translate research not only to the bedside but also to global health programs.
Madon T, Hofman K, Kupfer L, Glass R.  Science 14 December 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5857, pp. 1728 - 1729.

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