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Please read the post below from my classmate and respond in critical detailed information. Identify the aspect of my classmate’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) toaddress health-related issues. Most of the actions in global health engage indiverse arrangements that could be PPPs. 1 In provision of healthcare services,these hybrid partnerships have become a common approach. The range of thecollaborations in purpose, design and composition is so broad that itchallenges the efforts from the academic field to evaluate their merit andefficiency in improving health outcomes. There is a wave of enthusiasmaccepting that engagement in partnerships is an ineluctable path towardsimprovements in population health (Hernandez-Aguado & Zaragoza,2016).

For partnerships to be effective, all parties involved should agree upon thesame mission, values, and goals to be achieved. Trust and respect for theindividuals involved should play a major role. I have been a participant in apartnership through my employer known as the Labor Union Partnership where thehospital and the union join together to make working conditions better. Thispartnership consisted of two different units, one at each campus, ancillarydepartments, union representation, and the hospitals executive team. Our commongoal was to reduce the length of stay for patients and how each departmentwithin the hospital could help. Each participant brought different ideas thatthey thought would help in reducing numbers. The team met every two weeks togather 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 furthercommunication with upper management regarding this issue. One difference thatwould be anticipated among this type of partnership would be finances, meaningdepending on what project the partnership is working on, which group would beresponsible for what portion and being in the private sector, they would wantto know the risks versus benefits. Another difference that might be anticipatedwould be conflict management.

Disputes may not be limited to contractual issues, however. Day-to-day workacross the PPP organizational interface is likely to give rise to otherproblems. The private and public sectors often have different methods ofworking 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 politicalcontext of the PPP may also hinder its effectiveness — successive governmentsover the life of the partnership may manage it differently. Finally, therequirements and demands of third parties such as financiers and insurers mayalso 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 assenior and youth centers, churches, school groups, and other community-supportgroups has demonstrated some success in addressing health issues ranging fromyouth violence to heart disease (Carne- thon et al. 2009; Edwards 2010; Griffithet 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 makechanges in programs and policies to address areas of concern (Fawcett et al.1995). Often partnerships of this nature will employ community-basedparticipatory research (CBPR). CBPR is a noted approach for improving communityhealth and reducing health disparities. Minkler and Wallerstein (2003) contendthat CBPR methods are powerful in that they ‘‘stress community partnership andaction for social change and reductions in health inequalities as integralparts of the research enterprise’’ (p. 3). Community– academic partnerships,while often utilized to address existing needs through health interventions,may not attend to the sustainability of community organizations or capacitylimitations among partners (Griffith et al. 2010).

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