Group watching man and woman talking in a community meeting
Week 9: Community Engagement
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
—attributed to Helen Keller (cited by McCracken, 2015)
For health care administrators, partnering with community leaders is paramount to successful organizations. Community partners have firsthand knowledge of the needs of the clients that your health care delivery system will serve. It is this intimate knowledge which enables health care administrators to operate facilities that excel in exceeding clients’ expectations.
This week, you develop a partnership proposal with a nongovernmental organization to address your community’s needs. Then, you examine the potential barriers that may occur during that partnership.
Evaluate community organizations for potential partnership
Design a partnership proposal to address community needs
Analyze the potential barriers that may occur during community partnerships.
Collaborating with the community requires the selection of the right partners. However, for a variety of reasons, not all community organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) make good partners for health care organizations. For example, there may be concerns about whether the community organizations or NGOs work more efficiently or more effectively (Maltha, 2012).
For this Discussion, consider several community organizations and/or NGOs that may be appropriate options for your Community Needs Assessment. Select one organization that you feel has the potential to add value to your health initiative.
To prepare for this Discussion, select a community organization, NGO, or other informal group of people that you would like to partner with in your Final Project.
Post a brief description of your proposed organization or NGO. Explain how you could develop that partnership and collaboration initiatives. Finally, describe the potential barriers that you may face during that partnership and recommend ways to overcome those barriers.