News  |  October 24, 2017

Experience a better way to innovate.

As a public health strategist for your community, you need the ability to think boldly and create new ideas. Design thinking gives you the skills to do this.

Design thinking is a discipline focused on the needs of people, the technical feasibility of an idea, and its overall business viability. Use of design thinking in public health is an emerging practice for agencies with a focus on innovation.

As a public health professional in an uncertain environment, you need the ability to think boldly, create new ideas, and focus on innovation. PHNCI now offers a full-day workshop that will give you these skills, so you can put design thinking to immediate use.

This workshop walks you through the essentials of a mock, innovation project in an engaging simulation, designed by IDEO and ExperiencePointTM. Working as teams, you’ll tackle a realistic design challenge while applying the three phases of design thinking – inspiration, ideation, and implementation. You’ll emerge with foundational knowledge and real experience in design thinking so you can put it to work to achieve results in your health department.

You’ll learn how to identify challenges that are human centered, observe users to build empathy, form unique user insights based on observations, and create learning-oriented experiments. As a result, you’ll develop an awareness of and support for design thinking as an approach to problem solving.

During this participatory and hands-on workshop, you’ll practice the skills to tackle a design thinking project from start to finish and encourage individual commitment to practice design thinking techniques.

For more information or to find out how you can bring this workshop to your health department, contact:

Public Health National Center for Innovations
1600 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

Design thinking is used to develop innovative solutions to complex problems, keeping your community at the center of the process. It will heighten the quality of questions and ideas around an initiative so your health department can create services and programs that meet the user’s needs, achieve operational efficiencies, minimize risk when experimenting with new and bold ideas, and build greater engagement with your customers, stakeholders, and employees.

  • Integrate design thinking into your work culture.
  • Put your communities at the center of innovation efforts .
  • Grow promising ideas into powerful solutions.