- Review the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global health agenda and select one global health issue to focus on for this Assignment.
- Select at least one additional country to compare to the U.S. for this Assignment.
- Reflect on how the global health issue you selected is approached in the U.S. and in the additional country you selected.
- Review and download the Global Health Comparison Matrix provided in the Resources.
The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Global Health Comparison Matrix; 1-page Plan for Social Change)
Part 1: Global Health Comparison Matrix
Focusing on the country you selected and the U.S., complete the Global Health Comparison Matrix. Be sure to address the following:
- Consider the U.S. national/federal health policies that have been adapted for the global health issue you selected from the WHO global health agenda. Compare these policies to the additional country you selected for study.
- Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each policy.
- Explain how the social determinants of health may impact the global health issue you selected. Be specific and provide examples.
- Using the WHO’s Organization’s global health agenda as well as the results of your own research, analyze how each country’s government addresses cost, quality, and access to the global health issue selected.
- Explain how the health policy you selected might impact the health of the global population. Be specific and provide examples.
- Explain how the health policy you selected might impact the role of the nurse in each country.
- Explain how global health issues impact local healthcare organizations and policies in both countries. Be specific and provide examples.
Part 2: A Plan for Social Change
Reflect on the global health policy comparison and analysis you conducted in Part 1 of the Assignment and the impact that global health issues may have on the world, the U.S., your community, as well as your practice as a nurse leader.
In a 1-page response, create a plan for social change that incorporates a global perspective or lens into your local practice and role as a nurse leader.
- Explain how you would advocate for the incorporation of a global perspective or lens into your local practice and role as a nurse leader.
- Explain how the incorporation of a global perspective or lens might impact your local practice and role as a nurse leader.
- Explain how the incorporation of a global perspective or lens into your local practice as a nurse leader represents and contributes to social change. Be specific and provide examples
Part 1: Global Health Comparison Matrix
The Global Health Care is defined as the aspect of comprehending international health and all related interdisciplinary issues in health (King, 2016). This involves all forms of research work and medical practices with a scope of having an improved health status and a quality life as a result of healthy lives within the world’s population. It carries out health-related initiatives that are inclined to medical and other non-medical related fields such as sociology, public policy, environmental status, epidemiology, and other cultural studies globally (Tremblay et al., 2016). This global healthcare is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), which forms various alliances across the globe with associated fields to ensure health issues are well addressed in the right way for the wellbeing of the global population.
In the United States, the health of the whole American population can be affected by public health threats or events across the globe. Recent examples of this include the recent Covid-19 infection last year up to this date, the Ebola Virus outbreak that began in 2014, the 2003 SARS epidemic, and the 2009 spread of novel H1N1 influenza. Improving global health can improve health in the United States and support national and global security interests by fostering political stability, diplomacy, and economic growth worldwide.
It has been a significant knowledge that the United States health care system has been adjusted to adhere to the World Health Organization, in which adherence are for both the national and federal states health policies (King, 2016). The adherence of the US health care system has led to various forms of transformative actions that target to ensure there is the affordability of health care services in the US, which has been made possible through new coverage options such as the provision of health care insurance coverage (King, 2016). Additionally, the state health policy in the US has focused on innovations that facilitate better healthcare. This is in line with the global health plan that focuses on advancing global health through innovation.
Comparing the US health care system to the New Zealand health system, there have been different policies which were put in place, such as the availability of medical equipment and extension medical services that help bring the nation up’s health status. The major challenge among US policy is that some people cannot cover up their insurance, leading to a failure (Tremblay et al., 2016). However, in New Zealand, funding is the main issue in the health care system. But both policies have the potential of enhancing health by achieving their main scope despite having weaknesses.
The major challenge among US policy is that some people cannot cover up their insurance, leading to a failure (Tremblay et al., 2016). However, in New Zealand, funding is the main issue in the health care system. But both policies have the potential of enhancing health by achieving their main scope despite having weaknesses.
The global social determinants of health affect the policies in different ways such that some cultural beliefs, as well as religious groups that do not find in artificial health care facilities. (Tremblay et al., 2016) Therefore, they fail to cooperate with healthcare facilities that have been innovated to take care of their medical requirements. This resistance makes it hard to fulfill global health focus (Tremblay et al., 2016). For example, there are religious groups in the US that do not believe in taking medication such as vaccination and other facilitated health-supportive aspects.
According to the WHO agenda that is advancing the global health, the government of respective countries joins hand in WHO agenda by the allocation of funds that contribute towards health system targeting to improve the health system (Katz et al., 2017). It also advocates for more quality health services through the use of advanced technological equipment recommended by WHO into local hospitals where people can get better health services. As a result, the governed supports the WHO list.
There is a significant effect of global health due to the WHO agenda, which significantly impact global health through the initiation of advancing health system (Katz et al., 2017). For example, which innovates suitable drugs and vaccination that should be used as well as other gadgets that aid the health care system leading to the positive advancement of the healthcare system in the globe.
These agenda has several impacts on the role of nurses in the globe as the program creates a positive attitude as well as keeping nurses in a better position o take part in the battle of enhancing a global health care system where the population can access health care services through nurses who are fully trained (Tremblay et al., 2016). This creates more job markets and respect for all nurses.
Health issues in the globe positively affect local health care since there are regulations set to be adhered to by WHO, which targets improving the healthcare system from the local level. Their policies are initiated through health organizations governed by WHO, creating a connection of operation globally. This applies to both US and New Zealand, which are part of WHO.
Part 2: A Plan for Social Change
There is a varying ways in which countries initiate global health policy which also result in various ways in the end (McMichael, 2016). Nevertheless, the variety of implementing global health policies is due to the fact that their differences stand to be on the social aspect of people living in a particular nation, which are different, therefore, affecting health policies put in place. This creates world health issues that are tackled differently according to the social, cultural, and religious approaches (Taylor et al., 2018). They have an impact on nurses since each policy has its way of application. Some initiate more duties to nurses, making nursing the most ranked profession, resulting in more tasks as a nurse leader (McMichael, 2016). This is due to the allocation of more health responsibilities that ought to be well-taken care.
Even though social aspects vary as per the perception of world health operation and its agenda that targets are advancing global health to a standard, that population will live a better healthy life within an estimated period (Taylor et al., 2018). I would create clubs in local places that will target the local population so that local people will get educated in club meetings and show people the importance of adjusting to a global health perspective.
As a leader, incorporation of a global perspective will have a significant impact at local levels since it will create a better understanding as well as corporation and acceptance of local people to adjust to world health policies that enhance guarantee health in the society. The process of advocating a global perspective leads to a better understanding of the health system as per WHO that will make a negative approach from a social perspective, hence accepting new health advanced ways in local areas.
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