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Syndemics Prevention Network
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
MS K-67
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717

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Step-by-Step Instructions

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Objective
Score as high as possible on all four goals simultaneously AND learn the reasons why you got those results. For each game (5 rounds of 5 years = 25 years), you must

  • Save lives (reduce mortality rate)

  • Improve health (reduce unhealthy days)

  • Achieve equity (reduce health inequity index)

  • Lower health care costs

Average annual net benefit per capita is a summary measure combining the first three goals, but it does not weigh progress on achieving equity.

Step 1. Test Single Interventions

  • Deliberate and decide which intervention to study
    Consult the causal pathways for ideas

  • Anticipate the likely consequences for each scorecard variable
    Do you expect no change, slight change, or big change; and in which directions?

  • Test the intervention for a full 25 years

  • Review the Progress Report and trace patterns using the Big Picture to learn what happened—and why.

  • Fill out the worksheet

Step 2. Explore Combinations or Sequences

  • Deliberate and decide how to mix interventions for better results
    Are there synergies or complementary effects that might compensate for shortcomings?

  • Anticipate the likely consequences for each scorecard variable
    Do you expect no change, slight change, or big change; and in which directions?

  • Test the intervention strategy for a full 25 years, or sequence the efforts in 5-year phases
    Give your scenario a unique descriptive name

  • Review the Progress Report and trace patterns using the Big Picture to learn what happened—and why.

  • Fill out the worksheet

Step 3. Plan to Act

  • How can your simulated strategy be enacted in the real world?

  • What has to change?

  • Who is in the best position to lead the effort(s)?

  • Do you see a plausible way forward?

  • What can you do to help steer a course toward a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future?

  • Consult the Act Now page for ideas

Step 4. Connect with Others

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For problems or questions regarding this web contact: syndemics@cdc.gov


Page last reviewed: July 24, 2009
Page last modified: July 24, 2009

Content source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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