Please read the post below from my classmate and respond in critical detailed information. Identify the aspect of my classmateâ€™s post that you find most intriguing, and share your views on the same subject. Also, include two critical thinking questions and at least one peer-reviewed reference and citation. This is a discussion assignment and it has to have at least 150 words in the response. Thank you.
There is a growing interest in using public-private partnerships (PPPs) to address health-related issues. Most of the actions in global health engage in diverse arrangements that could be PPPs. 1 In provision of healthcare services, these hybrid partnerships have become a common approach. The range of the collaborations in purpose, design and composition is so broad that it challenges the efforts from the academic field to evaluate their merit and efficiency in improving health outcomes. There is a wave of enthusiasm accepting that engagement in partnerships is an ineluctable path towards improvements in population health (Hernandez-Aguado & Zaragoza,2016).
For partnerships to be effective, all parties involved should agree upon the same mission, values, and goals to be achieved. Trust and respect for the individuals involved should play a major role. I have been a participant in a partnership through my employer known as the Labor Union Partnership where the hospital and the union join together to make working conditions better. This partnership consisted of two different units, one at each campus, ancillary departments, union representation, and the hospitals executive team. Our common goal was to reduce the length of stay for patients and how each department within the hospital could help. Each participant brought different ideas that they thought would help in reducing numbers. The team met every two weeks to gather data and look at results. These meetings lasted about six months. Needless to say, we did not meet our goals nor have we had any further communication with upper management regarding this issue. One difference that would be anticipated among this type of partnership would be finances, meaning depending on what project the partnership is working on, which group would be responsible for what portion and being in the private sector, they would want to know the risks versus benefits. Another difference that might be anticipated would be conflict management.
Disputes may not be limited to contractual issues, however. Day-to-day work across the PPP organizational interface is likely to give rise to other problems. The private and public sectors often have different methods of working and have different organizational cultures, which can cause friction. For example, a lack of cross-organizational knowledge sharing may arise, causing misunderstandings and disagreement between partners. The political context of the PPP may also hinder its effectiveness â€” successive governments over the life of the partnership may manage it differently. Finally, the requirements and demands of third parties such as ï¬nanciers and insurers may also change, which can disrupt the partnership (Currie & Teague, 2015).
Community organizations can be important partners in public health efforts. The collaboration between researchers and community organizations such as senior and youth centers, churches, school groups, and other community-support groups has demonstrated some success in addressing health issues ranging from youth violence to heart disease (Carne- thon et al. 2009; Edwards 2010; Grifï¬th et al. 2010; Leff et al. 2010; Parker et al. 2010; Schinke et al. 2010). Community partnerships often serve as catalysts in which members seek to make changes in programs and policies to address areas of concern (Fawcett et al. 1995). Often partnerships of this nature will employ community-based participatory research (CBPR). CBPR is a noted approach for improving community health and reducing health disparities. Minkler and Wallerstein (2003) contend that CBPR methods are powerful in that they â€˜â€˜stress community partnership and action for social change and reductions in health inequalities as integral parts of the research enterpriseâ€™â€™ (p. 3). Communityâ€“ academic partnerships, while often utilized to address existing needs through health interventions, may not attend to the sustainability of community organizations or capacity limitations among partners (Grifï¬th et al. 2010).