The utility of a system dynamics approach for understanding cumulative health risk from exposure to environmental hazards

John D. Prochaska, Hyunjung Kim, Robert N. Buschmann, Daniel Jupiter, Sharon Croisant, Stephen H. Linder, Ken Sexton

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Abstract

The potential of system dynamics modeling to advance our understanding of cumulative risk in the service of optimal health is discussed. The focus is on exploring system dynamics modeling as a systems science methodology that can provide a framework for examining the complexity of real-world social and environmental exposures among populations—particularly those exposed to multiple disparate sources of risk. The discussion also examines how system dynamics modeling can engage a diverse body of key stakeholders throughout the modeling process, promoting the collective assessment of assumptions and systematic gathering of critical data. Though not a panacea, system dynamics modeling provides a promising methodology to complement traditional research methods in understanding cumulative health effects from exposure to multiple environmental and social stressors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-469
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Research
Volume172
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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