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Health Policy

The Health Policy SIG of the System Dynamics Society promotes and supports the wider adoption of System Dynamics (SD) methodology and best practices to inform health policy and provides communication channels for collaboration as well as for recognizing achievements of SD practitioners in health.

Supporting Goals

  • Foster collaboration among Health Policy SIG members (via LinkedIn group)

  • Facilitate mentoring for interested Health Policy SIG members

  • Facilitate dialogue (via LinkedIn group discussion and Health Policy SIG informal meetings at conferences attended by members)

  • Foster young talent (via the Lupina Young Researchers Award)

Health Policy SIG Leadership

  • Health Policy SIG Representative – Sarah Megan Wylie

UPDATE — Lupina Young Researchers Award and Past Winners — The Health Policy Special Interest Group (HPSIG) of the System Dynamics Society is pleased to present the Lupina Young Researchers Award for work in health system dynamics, which will be awarded at this summer’s International System Dynamics Conference. The award is sponsored by the Lupina Foundation of Toronto, Canada, and will be accompanied by a check in the amount of CAN$5000. The award will be presented to the recipient (or recipients) during the HPSIG meeting on the Sunday afternoon meeting just preceding the conference, and a brief announcement will also be made to all conference attendees at a plenary session.

UPDATE — The System Dynamics Review (SDR) has published a virtual issue on System Dynamics Applications to Health and Health Care. In it, you will find: an introduction, the SDR papers featured, as well as an extended bibliography of system dynamics literature in this topic area.

Its purpose is two-fold:

1) to provide a review of key SDR articles in this area as well as
2) to provide an extended bibliography that reaches more broadly across the available literature to highlight SD work in health and health care

The bibliography was last updated on November 4th, 2014; however, we intend for it to be a living document, where new references may be added as they become available, topics may be revised, and new topics may be added as SD methods are used in new areas within health. It will be something for the HP SIG to continue updating!

How to Join the Health Policy SIG

The Health Policy SIG of the System Dynamics Society is open to all, not just Society members, so we encourage participation.

If you are already registered with the Society, go to then Update Contact Information, check the Health Policy SIG box, and save changes.

If you are not already registered (you do NOT have to be a Society Member), register first at the same page then Add Contact Information, check the Health Policy SIG box, and save changes.

The Health Policy SIG Group on LinkedIn

We invite you to join the LinkedIn group for the Health Policy SIG at

The Discussions page facilitates dialogue among Health Policy SIG members.

The Promotions page facilitates inter-SDS conference meetings.
Going to a relevant conference?  Post/review notes on the Promotions page and see if others are joining you.

The Jobs page facilitates collaboration.
Hoping to collaborate on a project/grant?  Hoping to find an internship placement?  Post/review notes on the Jobs page and connect.

We encourage you to join this group and to participate in the dialogue.  Welcome!