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As a leader in (or of) a public health organization, describe the skills required and explain why they are required of a public health organization leader. Please use academic references.

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The discussion topics in this solution are just a few of the issues facing leaders in public health. There are many more, but 3 pages is limiting. The three most important issues, quality of care, finance and human resources are discussed.

Leading a Public Health Organization
A leader of a public health organization must possess many different skill sets pertaining
to leadership and management. Not only must the leader be knowledgeable about effective
management and leadership practices, but regulations or laws regarding health care,
administrative practices and current trends in health care diagnosis and treatment. Nonprofit or
public health organizations operate much differently than for profit health care organizations, in
terms of funding and budgeting. Leaders of public health organizations must be knowledgeable
about how funding is secured and how grants are written. A public health organization leader
must also know how to prioritize, when it comes to budgeting and expenditures.
Whether the leader is also a health care provider or not, he or she must be able to monitor
the care and treatment of patients. Care of patients in public health is a monumental task. "The
world has not delivered on the promises that we repeated to each other in our youth and worked
so earnestly to achieve in our professional careers" (Coye, 1994). In other words, the epidemics
of Diabetes, Heart Disease, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity appear as
though they will be around for years to come. There have been no easy fixes for these
challenges and resources from government sources to address ...

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Public health organization leadership is examined. The skills required for a leader are provided.

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Leaders need to be the champion of managing the tension between current reality and the ideals towards which an organization aims. Good leaders are often visionary. They are creative individuals who can inspire others to support their vision and mission and move an organization forward. Strong leaders need to negotiate a balance between creativity and organizational skills, and particularly, to manage the tension that exists between the current state of the organization and where it needs to go in the future. As Peter Senge noted in his model of change, this tension can be the energy that drives the organization and its employees towards positive change. Tensions can arise within public health or in an organization during times of change. Leaders can facilitate change and harness the tension that arises in a creative and beneficial way. Without vision there is no creative tension.
Heart disease is a chronic health issue that presents challenges to public health.
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1. How do you foster the change process with regards to heart disease? (propose strategies to facilitate the change process with regards to heart disease within the community)
2. What is the â??creative tensionâ? with regards to heart disease? What are the tensions that arise from the difference between current reality and the public health goal regarding heart disease?

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