Strategies and priorities for global health
Globally, healthcare organizations are finding meaningful ways to improve care quality to meet the desired outcomes for their target patient population. Through improving healthcare quality, the patient populations and the healthcare organization manages to have reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective healthcare processes that increase the possibility of achieving quality care delivery, thus enhancing patient outcomes. That is why in 2013, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the Honor Society of Nursing leaders came together to evaluate the role of midwives and nurses for improved universal healthcare and global health, especially in implementing changes (GAPFON, 2017). The paper will therefore describe two strategies that can incorporate a global view but be effective locally in meeting the sustainable goal to help address one of the five global health priorities.
Two Strategies that can Incorporate Global View but be Effective Locally
The two strategies that can help the healthcare industry in incorporating a global view but be effective locally on maternal-child health are leadership and education.
Global healthcare leaders act as the change initiators and norm challengers by encouraging creativity in their team members. Maternal-child health is healthcare services for mothers at the age of child-bearing and children. According to Thornton et al. (2018), maternal-child health is essential since it enhances the well-being of children, infants, and mothers, making it an important public health goal globally and in the United States. That is because the group’s well-being is a determinant of the next generation’s health, and it helps healthcare leaders to predict the different public health challenges in healthcare systems, communities, and families. As GAPFON (2017) postulates, the main sustainable development goal for maternal-child health by 2030 is to ensure that the group can access nutritious, safe, and sufficient food in the fight against hunger. Therefore, the main roles that leaders can engage in locally to facilitate maternal-child health include increasing midwives’ and nurses’ numbers in various government positions to help advocate for the vulnerable population’s favorable policies to improve their health. Also, healthcare leadership needs to develop an effective leadership-development system that encourages coaching, mentoring, and modeling midwifery and nursing professionals to enable these healthcare providers to cater to maternal needs effectively. Also, these leaders have a great role in engaging state-of-the-art communication and technology in creating awareness and educating the members of the public on issues affecting them directly. For instance, they can engage mainstream media and social media platforms to educate the patient population on how to maintain their diet to prevent nutrition-related diseases.
Healthcare providers’ education is essential in understanding maternal-child health entails. According to Thornton et al. (2018), developing countries have a challenge maintaining their children’s well-being since most children are more likely to die before they reach five years than children from rich countries. The same happens with women in rural areas, who have a higher probability of increased mortality when giving birth compared to those within urban areas. In the United States, the children and women at more risk are those within rural and remote areas since they may fail to access healthcare, and that is why the United States healthcare organizations are implementing technologies like telehealth to improve healthcare access. Hence, there will be a need to ensure that midwives and nurse educational programs are reformed by the relevant healthcare heads to incorporate n interprofessional education programs. Collaboration between midwives and nurses is essential because both often deal with target patients (GAPFON, 2017). However, nursing institutions need to assess these programs based on global health policies and issues to reflect the changing healthcare needs. Also, these institutions should encourage midwives and nurses to seek continuing education to engage with appropriate evidence-based interventions to cater to mothers, children, and infant’s well-being.
The paper has addressed leadership and education strategies and their effectiveness in maternal-child health. Leadership is essential in local and global contexts since healthcare leaders can use global health strategies and incorporate them into local healthcare practices. For instance, healthcare leaders can easily advocate for midwives’ and nurses’ roles in policymaking, thus making it easier to attain policies that favor the target patient population. Also, education is important in nursing practice since it helps them advance their knowledge in caring for the patient population, thus improving their overall well-being.
GAPFON (2017). The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®) Report. Indianapolis, Indiana: Sigma Theta Tau International. http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/handle/10755/621599
Thornton, M., & Persaud, S. (2018). Preparing today’s nurses: Social determinants of health and nursing education. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 23(3). https://doi.org/10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No03Man05