Abstract for: Health Policy Special Interest Group: Roundtable, Business Meeting, and SIG Poster Presentation

The Health Policy Special Interest Group formed more than six years ago and has grown to around 300 members. We are a worldwide SIG with active collaborations that use dynamic analyses to advance major policy initiatives. Current activities include gathering on-line teaching materials, fostering international collaboration in understanding health system change, and assembling a library of SD health models. Regardless of whether you are new to the field or a veteran modeler, we welcome your participation in exchanging ideas about how SD can better engage and support health policy leaders around the world. HPSIG at ISDC2009 will run a poster session, Sunday Session and Business Meeting, covering Highlights of Health Policy Modeling Around the World, with brief summaries of significant activities, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania. We will discuss ways of balancing demand, supply and quality in health policy modeling, priorities for practitioners, funders, educators, peer reviewers and the like. The Business Meeting will explore collaborations and elect new office bearers. Peter Warrian, the generous sponsor, will present the vision and Lupina Young Researchers Award in Health System Dynamics and the winning paper will be delivered. The minutes will be at http://www.systemdynamics.org/wiki/index.php/WikiSD:Health_Policy