How can medical practitioners take notice of the uniqueness of cultural practices and values which heavily determine a community’s way of life? How can these unique features be aligned to enhance healthy living?
Prof Nina Wallerstein, Director, Center for Participatory Research – University of New Mexico shares insights on her experience in Community Based Research and its influence to healthy living with the MBA Healthcare Management Program students.
The devolution of health services in Kenya to county units has been one of the changes received with great support and accolade. One being termed as taking healthcare to the community. The influence of these initiatives in strengthening county based health facilities have met numerous challenges: an overstretched labor force, ill equipped medical facilities and poor management of medicinal supply just but to mention a few. Other challenges which have been considered even tougher to salvage have the influence of culture in disease prevalence. Lifestyle choices heavily depend on cultural practice call for collaborative partnerships between health workers and community leaders.
Public health has often been seen to work in stages, with prominence being given to infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, deficiency and malnutrition disorders. However, lifestyle diseases such as smoking, drugs and substance abuse, diabetes and others are increasingly concerning.
Public health research calls for collaborative efforts between pediatricians and the community based participant research is crucial on how physicians can involve community stakeholders in matters pertaining to healthy living. This way, community members take ownership of the interventions developed.
About the MBA Healthcare Program
The program aims to equip managers with relevant skills for leading and managing the various facets and challenges that confront professional hospital and clinic managers, managers of NGO and faith-based health providers, and professionals in the emerging insurance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Students who graduate with an MBA in Healthcare Management will have the academic grounding needed to move throughout health-related industries at different junctures of their career, and more importantly, will have life-long skills to respond to the fundamental changes that characterize African health care.