Community-based system dynamics modelling of stigmatized public health issues: Increasing diverse representation of individuals with personal experiences

Arielle R. Deutsch, Rebecca Lustfield, Mohammad S. Jalali

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Abstract

Utility of community-based system dynamics (CBSD) models on stigmatized public health issues and health disparities depends upon how representative the model is to real-world experience within the community. ‘Personal experience’ participants (PEP), especially from marginalized groups, are essential model contributors but are often underrepresented in modelling groups due to multiple barriers. This study details a method to increase PEP representation for models on stigmatized issues. We use a case study from a CBSD project on health disparities within the association between alcohol misuse (AM) and intimate partner violence (IPV) for Northern Plains Indigenous women. Short group model building sessions were held at three community organizations providing relevant resources. Each model contributed unique system components, and there were few similarities between models. A consolidated model provided a rich picture of the complex system. Adding brief PEP-based group modelling sessions can enhance PEP representation in model development for stigmatized public health issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSystems Research and Behavioral Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • alcohol misuse
  • community-based system dynamics
  • health disparities
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management

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