Abstract for: HealthBound: The National Health Reform Game

The HealthBound game (available online at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthBound) was developed in 2008-09 under the auspices of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was described in a plenary talk at ISDC 2009 in Albuquerque. The underlying SD model is the most integrative tool available anywhere for national health policy analysis, and presents the challenge of balancing different types of policies in order to effectively improve population health, lower costs, and achieve greater equity. This workshop starts with introduction to the model and the game, followed by an extended opportunity for small teams to experiment and play the game at their laptops, and concluding with discussion of results and their implications.