Who We Are
A small group of committed individuals determined to end needless suffering.
Dr. Chad Swanson, DO, MPH
Chad is a community emergency physician in Provo, Utah, USA with a passion for applying “systems thinking” concepts, approaches, and methods to transform health systems. After medical training, he received a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Swanson has taught international health and health systems at Brigham Young University, and has published in journals such as the Lancet and PLoS Medicine on topics related to health systems strengthening and global health.
He is the founding co-chair of the American Public Health Association’s working group on systems sciences and health, and is interested in high-impact activities that cross disciplines, mobilize stakeholders, and transform systems. Dr. Swanson was the primary organizer of a high-level conference at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in August 2012 that focused on increasing organizational capacity in low-income countries to strengthen health systems. More recently, he led a research, advocacy, and social media campaign supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health. Dr. Swanson has been on his physician group’s executive committee, and handles patient emergency department complaints at Utah Valley Hospital.
He is married, and enjoys reading, hiking, and dancing in the kitchen with his 5 children.
Morgan Goff Ashby
Morgan is a public health student at Brigham Young University. She was first introduced to systems thinking concepts early in her university career and was immediately drawn to its potential to transform our current paradigm of health. She's worked with Revolutionize Health in various aspects, more recently working on an academic paper and on website content development. Her conviction is that systems thinking, if understood and practiced among more practitioners, health educators, and researchers, would result in greater efficiency and equity in our health systems.
Other research interests of hers include the health of Latino populations in America. After graduation, she is going to pursue medical school. She enjoys traveling, listening to bachata, and watching Nova episodes with her husband.
Matthew studies public health at Brigham Young University and is passionate about improving the system-level causes of disease and inequity. He is excited to study and practice medicine after earning a master's of public administration, and contribute to strengthening health systems for the world’s most vulnerable populations.
He was raised in Utah, USA, and has lived in New Zealand and Nebraska. As a result of surviving childhood cancer, he fosters a deep appreciation for life— especially family relationships and meaningful outdoor experiences. When he isn't studying, he enjoys exploring alpine meadows, freshwater lakes, and sandstone canyons with his wife.
Eliza Swanson is a Web Design and Development major at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She loves anything graphic design but has a soft spot for typography. She wants to go into User Experience design someday. She loves hiking, playing the violin, and spending time with friends and family. Even though she is relatively new to the concepts of complex systems thinking, she believes it has huge potential for good and is working to further the group's publicity through website and graphic design.
Tom is an MPH student who graduated from BYU with his BA in Chinese (April, 2016) and plans to apply for DO medical schools in 2017. He looks forward to the day when systems thinking is widespread throughout the world, health interventions are more valuable (e.g. better health outcomes with lower costs), and needless suffering is ended. Throughout his experiences as a student, a volunteer English teacher in China, an LDS missionary in Taiwan, and an Air Force ROTC cadet, he's grown motivated to obtain, use and share the greater perspective and tools that complex systems thinking offers for the bettering of health systems.
He's married, excited to have a boy soon and loves to spend time with his family playing sports (especially soccer and frisbee), hiking, cooking, watching TED talks, making music and learning all sorts of things.
Kent Richter is a student at Brigham Young University studying Neuroscience, and a recent medical school applicant (Spring, 2016). Kent has had the opportunity to live overseas for a number of years, graduating high school in Doha Qatar, and serving as a missionary in Luanda, Angola.
The experiences gained from learning and interacting with people who have different ideas, perspectives, and insights have served to broaden his perspective in health and health systems. By integrating systems thinking into his medical education, Kent hopes to contribute significantly to healthcare reform, both locally and globally.
Skyler is a student at Brigham Young University studying Public Health with an emphasis on Health Science. He plans to attend PA school after undergraduate studies, hoping to help strengthen the health care system not only in the community but also globally. Through interactions with the health care system, both as a patient and as a professional, he has been able to see the missing pieces. Skyler believes that complex systems thinking has the enormous potential to fill in these gaps and change things for the better.
Skyler loves to do just about anything as long as it is with his wife, from watching movies to dancing or going on adventures. He loves the outdoors, loves to go swimming, hiking, mountain biking and camping. He has a love of learning and a love for helping those that can’t help themselves with skills and knowledge that I have acquired. Overall, Skyler has a great love for his family and spending time with loved ones.
Sydney is an undergraduate student studying Public Health at Brigham Young University. She plans to gain a Masters in Healthcare Innovation (MHI) from Arizona State University. Sydney served an LDS mission in Illinois where she worked with different minorities and ethnic groups, especially Indian immigrants and African Americans. Being the daughter of a family practice doctor has led Sydney to consider many ideas
and questions about effective healthcare. She is passionate about systems thinking, culture, mental health, behavioral sciences and improving circumstances and systems.
She works with refugees in Salt Lake City, UT and with program planning for the Refugee Action Network of Utah Valley. In regards to future careers, she is interested in improving healthcare delivery and systems. Sydney enjoys intellectual conversations, National Geographic, outdoor adventures, sports and her beautiful family.
Taylor is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University majoring in Physiology and Developmental Biology and minoring in Scandinavian Studies. Over the course of his university career, his initial goal of medical school has evolved to include a broader perspective of medicine and health care. Prior to medical school, he plans on completing a master’s degree in public health, which he hopes will prepare him to not only influence positive change on a microscopic patient level, but also on a macroscopic community level. By integrating systems thinking into his education and practice, he hopes to contribute to the optimization of health care and the elimination of needless suffering.
He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and has lived abroad in Iceland and Denmark. He enjoys teaching Icelandic courses at Brigham Young University and volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician on campus. When not studying, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cycling in one of the many nearby canyons, and interrupting the routine of everyday life by escaping to the outdoors.