Supporting materials

This is draft page for materials I use or refer to in presentations including some important articles that I wrote–usually with my wife Teresa. Just click on the links and you should be able to download the file.

Gunderson – Spirit and the health of complex human populations Paper based on the David B. Larson Lecture give at Duke School of Medicine, March 3, 2016.

The Health of Complex Human Populations. Paper by myself, Jim Cochrane and Teresa Cutts for the Institute of Medicine Round Table on Population Health Improvement.

Evaluating Two Mysteries: Camden Coalition Findings   A Commentary for the National Academies of Sciences Roundtable on Population Health Improvement by Teresa Cutts and me. This was prompted by what we regarded as a rather simplistic evaluation of the complex work of the Camden Coalition. More importantly, this brought into question the use of commonly used evaluation techniques for community initiatives of many kind that undermine the arduous and complex labor of real change-making.

Spirit Competencies Expanded Transformational Leadership Competencies 2013 This is the ever-evolving map of leadership competencies focused on community transformation. This map is  adapted  Kate Wright, et al, “Competency Development in Public Health Leadership,” American Journal of Public Health , August 2000, Vol 90, No 8, p. 1202ff. Online .pdf file at  This one includes a newly thought through branch on spiritual competencies. That branch is also offered as a stand-along mindmap below.

Aligning Assets for community health improvement. Published in the Medical Journal of Allina in the Fall of 1998 while I was at The Carter Center. I came across this while moving offices recently and was shocked at how relevant it remains. 

Religious Congregations as Factors in Health Outcomes. Published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia in November 1998 while I was at The Carter Center. Includes a compact description of the strengths of congregations for a medical audience. Still relevant 25 years later.

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