The de Beaumont Foundation announces the launch of Leading Systems


Bethesda, Md., Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening racial, health and social inequalities have shown us, we live in an increasingly complex world. Achieving real change will require tackling the root causes of inequality to overcome systemic challenges. To pave the way forward, the de Beaumont Foundation and Springer Publishing have released a new book – Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners.

Written by and for practitioners and experts across the spectrum of public health, the book offers practice-based guidance and examples for examining and making systems changes to improve health equity. The book can be purchased from the Springer Publishing website.

“Public health practitioners need to achieve political, societal and organizational change, but often lack the training to influence these systems. This book seeks to remedy that,” said co-editor Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “Lead systems change is an essential resource for public health practitioners committed to pursuing the changes needed to improve our public health systems and strive for racial justice.

The book offers readers practical advice and examples for leading systems change, including applying a racial justice and power-sharing framework to systems change work, using systems thinking to creating lasting change, applying best practices to tackle the root causes of inequality, and more.

“By taking a systems leadership approach, you can have an even more meaningful impact on seemingly intractable public health problems,” said co-editor Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH, director of the PhD in Public Health Leadership and Professor Clinical Assistant in the Division of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “This book provides an inclusive process and framework with tools to understand and implement change that leads to collective transformation.”

Co-editor Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC, Executive and Leadership Coach with Kris Risley Coaching and Senior Advisor to the Beaumont Foundation, said: “Creating authentic, equitable and lasting change in our systems and institutions requires that we expand who we involve and how we think about asking questions that get to the root of the problems and lead to solutions that work for everyone. This book gives public health practitioners simple strategies to help them change systems and get results.

Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners and individual chapters are available for purchase from Springer Publishing.

what people say about Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners:

“The timing and content of this book couldn’t be better! As we apply lessons learned from the pandemic, public health practitioners must be able to combine their public health expertise with knowledge of complex and often competing systems. This book provides the tools needed, in one place, to support change at the healthy systems level. I recommend it to students, faculty, and public health practitioners who need a new approach to leadership development. »

—Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director, MS Public Health Association

“This is an essential book for all public health leaders. If public health as an industry is truly invested in health and racial equity, it is imperative that we embrace system change thinking and interventions. This is the roadmap we need, on how to do just that.

—Lauren R. Powell, PhD, MPA, Vice President, US Health Equity & Community Wellness, US Medical Affairs, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc.

“I am excited and grateful for this book, a great step towards building capacity for systems change in public health and beyond. The book thoughtfully combines well-respected and diverse bodies of work, making them accessible and applicable to different levels of systemic intervention. Each chapter balances strong framing with a generous amount of detailed, applied cases and tools. This is the kind of integration the system change field has been looking for!”

—Marta Ceroni, Co-Director, Academy for Systems Change

“Given the strong correlation between income and wealth as a predictor of better health outcomes and over 100 million people in America plagued by economic insecurity, this book is essential to overcoming design challenges harmful systems embedded in our laws, regulations, customs and institutions. This book empowers leaders to see systems in their entirety and transform them. It also paves the way for mustering the courage to create a just and equitable society, a where all can participate, thrive and reach their full potential.

—Michael McAfee, EdD, President and CEO, PolicyLink

About the Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation creates and invests in bold solutions that improve the health of communities across the country. Its mission is to advance policy, build partnerships and strengthen public health to create communities where everyone can achieve the best possible health. As part of its mission, the Foundation partners with leading publishers to produce books containing ideas and practical advice for professionals and public health advocates. For more information, visit


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