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Analyze how healthcare administrators respond to global health issues such as infections disease and medical tourism. 

HE008:  Global Health Issues


In this Assessment, you will analyze how healthcare administrators respond to global health issues such as infections disease and medical tourism.

Professional Skills:  Written CommunicationTechnology, and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving are accessed in this Competency.

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This assessment has three-parts.  Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.

Part I: Collaborating with the Local Health Department to Contain the Outbreak

Read the document, “Performance Task Scenario: Tuberculosis Outbreak,” and the supporting documents including:

  • Communicable and Other Infectious Diseases Reportable in Massachusetts by Healthcare Providers
  • Tuberculosis Outbreak Line List
  • Demographic Characteristics of Worcester, MA
  • Tuberculosis Epidemic Curve

You are a healthcare administrator at Worcester General Hospital (WGH). Create an 18–21 slide presentation, with presenter notes. The presentation will be shown to the board of directors of WGH. It should describe your proposed plan, step-by-step, for containing this potential tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in partnership with federal, state, and local entities, including the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Your slide presentation should:

  • First, describe the healthcare system in El Salvador, where the patient originated before arrival in Massachusetts.
    • Include information about health insurance coverage and payers of each country
    • Data on the rate of insured; the healthcare delivery mechanism (public and private services, public and private funding sources, and requirements for individuals to pay for insurance) physician density
    • Methods for healthcare provision in remote and underserved areas
    • Vaccination requirements; and similar indicators used to measure health-system operations
    • Explain how this system compares to the U.S. healthcare system
  • Explain the connection between global health issues and local healthcare management, and which Millennium Development Goals and Healthy People 2020 Goals apply to this scenario.
  • Explain how infectious diseases are identified and tracked, including an explanation of how the hospital and local health department (LHD) worked together to create the line list, and which locations in the community merit further investigation.
  • Explain at least eight action steps to manage this potential health threat. Describe the collaborative approach between the Massachusetts state and local health department and the hospital to investigate and contain the outbreak.
  • Describe at least three responsibilities of the Massachusetts state and local health department in this specific outbreak scenario.
  • Explain the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to an outbreak like the one in the scenario.
  • Explain the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in responding to an outbreak like the one in the scenario. Include a description of at least three specific programs or initiatives that illustrate the role of the WHO in public health.

Save this file as HE008_PartI_firstinitial_lastname (for example, HE008_PartI_J_Smith).


Part II: Editorial: Medical Tourism

It has come to your attention that an international hospital aggressively recruits brain cancer patients in your local area. Their innovative treatment is approved in their country; however is considered experimental in your own country. Many patients in the late stages of brain cancer travel to their location as a last hope for a treatment that might stop the aggressive progression of their otherwise terminal illness.

Write a persuasive letter to an editor in your local community making a case for or against seeking this international medical care. Consider as many options for domestic and international treatment as possible, including traditional local treatment options as well as holistic or experimental treatments abroad. Be sure your letter addresses both the local- and destination-country’s perspective on this issue. (1–2 pages)


Part III: Culturally Competent Response

Develop a half-page, culturally competent script for a phone call to reach out to the contacts of infected persons that encourages them to get tested for tuberculosis (TB). In addition, submit an appendix to your script that explains which National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Healthcare (CLAS) Standards were applied and your rationale for selecting the cultural demographic upon which your script is based.

CLAS Standards can be found here: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=15

Save this file as HE008_PartII_III_firstinitial_lastname (for example, for example, HE008_PartII_III_J_Smith).


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