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Health Systems Science: Understanding the Systems & Importance of Population Health

Total Credits: .5 including .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, .5 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit |  AOA Category 1-A Credit |  Family Medicine |  Medical Education |  Patient Experience & Needs |  Primary Care
Angela Pierce, DC, PhD |  Kerrie M. Jordan, PhD
29 Minutes
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*** Please note this program will also be found as part of the 3.25-Credit program Research & Health Systems. If you have already completed Research & Health Systems, you will not want to choose this program. If you would like to learn more about Research & Health Systems, choose “Media Types” above and select “Classroom.” ***

The presentation will discuss health systems science (HSS), health care disparities, determinants of health, system challenges, and the value of HSS knowledge and application in practice to address populations.

Learning Objectives:
•    Define health system science (HHS)
•    Discuss the HSS competencies, and value in medical education
•    Describe the Population Health HSS concept
•    Define health vs. health care disparities and behavioral determinants of health
•    Define systems thinking as it applies to health care
•    Explain the importance of systems thinking in clinical care
•    Apply the habits of systems-thinking health professionals to improve clinical care
•    Identify medical education efforts to train clinicians to be systems-thinkers

Accreditation Statements:
The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this program for a maximum of .5 AOA Category 1-A Credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation.

Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsä. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) and Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Planning Disclosure:
None of the planners for this educational activity have a relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Grievance Policy for AOA Credit:
All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance. Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee. All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, they can submit a complaint in writing to the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.



Angela Pierce, DC, PhD's Profile

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Angela N. Pierce, DC, PhD is the Director of COM Preclinical Assessment at Kansas City University. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), studying the molecular mechanisms and neurobiology of chronic pelvic pain in association with stress axis dysregulation following early life trauma. She is also a board-certified chiropractor, graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic with research interests in chronic pain management.

As an expert in the neurobiological adaptation to adverse childhood events, Dr. Pierce is interested in wider public health aspects, policy, and health systems specifically associated with childhood development, mental health and overall wellness. Her current research investigates mechanisms of post-operative depression, regulation of the physiological stress axis, and reward neurobiology.

Dr. Pierce received her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry (B.S.) and Spanish (B.A.) from Missouri Southern State University. In her spare time, she enjoys racing triathlon, writing and hiking with her family.

Angela Pierce, DC, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Pierce can be reached at or 417-208-0656.

Kerrie M. Jordan, PhD's Profile

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Kerrie J. Jordan, MS, DHSc, C-TAGME, is the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences – Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium and Director for the GME Department at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences within the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Jordan is also serving as a consultant for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Dr. Jordan started as a program coordinator for an academic hospital, was a senior coordinator for a children's hospital, and a GME administrative director for a College of Osteopathic Medicine before she was appointed as the DIO in 2015.  She serves on several professional committees, and Chairs a few councils in the profession.  She is a published author, national speaker, and enjoys the investigative aspect of medical education.

She considers herself a workaholic and credits her success to her background in customer service and logistics during her earlier years. She prides herself to help others grow professionally and become the best versions of themselves while enjoying their careers.  Dr. Jordan's areas of interest include working out, the water (especially the beach), and playing with her fur babies. 

Kerrie Jordan, DHSc, has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Jordan can be reached at



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