Policy Maker Electronic Presentation

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Introduction

  • Practitioner nurses have a significant role in advocating for certain policies that aid in the enhancement of service.
  • The fulfillment of the mandate requires the support of the policy makers throughout the process.
  • The presentation regards the details of a policy maker visit to lobby for support in the quest of opening a clinic for the screening of minorities in my locality.

Description of the Visit/ Presentation

  • The first aspect was to research for a policy maker interested in the issue of concern.
  • Next was to contact him via email correspondences and phone conversations to schedule an appropriate date and time for the meeting.
  • The visit to the policy maker was intended to lay a foundation regarding the policy issue.
  • It also helped to sensitize the policy maker of the need to support the policy issue.

Description of the visit continued

  • The stakeholders invited by the policy maker attended the meeting and comprised of the local leaders.
  • I presented the details of the policy issue focusing on the problem identified, and the appropriate plan of action.
  • Regarding the problem, I highlighted the disparities in the access to health care services by the minorities in the region.

Continued

  • Also presented was the limited access to the screening services that expose the minorities to multiple illnesses.
  • I highlighted the need to have a policy that addresses the concern of opening a clinic to offer free screening services to the deserving minorities.
  • I emphasized the need to improve the access to health care services by having a clinic in the region.
  • I sought for support of the policy issue by the policy makers through funding.

Continued

  • The benefits of the adoption of the policy issue also took a center stage in the presentation.
  • It was necessary to outline the benefits that includes;
  • Improved quality of health care,
  • Timely screening,
  • And reduced prevalence of chronic diseases.
  • The visit ended by taking the views of the policy maker and also responding to the issues raised regarding the project.

Policy Maker Response

  • The policy maker visit was successful since I met with the mayor and some local leaders who listened to my presentation.
  • From the message presented, the policy maker was pleased with the initiative and pledged for full support of the policy issue.
  • The mayor discussed the need to support the policy issue due to the associated benefits to the local minorities and the health care sector.

 Continued

  • The policy maker sought to understand the plan of implementation of the project to have a clear timeline on how to address the issue.
  • The response from the policy maker was positive and with an additional contribution to the successful implementation of the policy issue.
  • Regarding the recommendations, the policy maker asked for a detailed description of the policy issue to use it in convincing other policy makers about the issue.

Continued

  • The policy maker outlined his plan of action in addressing the policy issue presented.
  • He discussed the actions to undertake in ensuring that the policy was implemented for the local minority residents to benefit.
  • The policy maker emphasized the benefits of the policy issue to the community and also the health sector.
  • The stakeholders presented highlighted the need to engage other experts in the field to assist in actualizing the project.

Reflections on Process

  • The process of seeking for support of the policy issue entailed several activities that needed coordination to be successful.
  • It was necessary to research for supportive evidence about the policy issue from other related studies.
  • As stipulated in the Healthy People 2020 objectives, there is a need for increased access to comprehensive and quality health care services.

 Continued

  • It was also necessary to research the current status of affairs in the access to health care services as a basis for the proposed policy.
  • The planned visit to the policy maker was essential in informing him of the proposed issue as well as seeks for support.
  • Most of the activities proceeded as scheduled.
  • It was necessary to schedule a follow-up meeting with the mayor to assess the progress of the issues discussed.

Continued

  • Several issues arose in the progress of the process as outlined;
  • The need to involve all the stakeholders likely to be affected by the policy issue
  • The need to gather the views of the local community about the project
  • The need to gather adequate information about the policy issue through research.
  • The process helped to enhance both the research and advocacy skills as required by a nurse practitioner.

Continued

  • The process helped to learn the need to plan in advance, be on time, and be flexible when dealing with policy makers.
  • The process also helped to understand the need to make local connections, listen and answer truthfully, as well as the mode of conduct when dealing with a policy maker.

Future Opportunities

  • The meeting with the policy maker was essential in opening a door for future engagements with the mayor.
  • The policy maker pledged for support of the health care related initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life.
  • In future, it will be easy to engage with the policy maker in issues regarding patient and provider safety, workplace ethics, occupational standards, employee satisfaction, other health care related policies, and health promotion programs.

Continued

  • The successful visit to the policy maker resulted in the support of the policy issue and possible adoption.
  • A successful implementation of the policy issue helps to increase the access to screening and other health services.
  • It enhances the delivery of care services and prevents illnesses.
  • The implementation of the project will enhance disease management and promote service delivery.

Conclusion

  • The visit to the policy maker was important to present the details of the policy issue proposed.
  • The visit was successful, and the policy maker pledged for support through funding and in ideas.
  • It was important to have a follow –up meeting with the policy maker to assess the progress of the issue.
  • The incorporation of different stakeholders helps to share ideas to make the initiative successful.

 

References

  • American Nurses Association (ANA) (2015) Health and Safety
  • Derose, K. P., Gresenz, C. R., & Ringel, J. S. (2011). Understanding disparities in health care access—and reducing them—through a focus on public health: Health Affairs, 30(10), 1844-1851.
  • Healthy People 2020 (2016) Access to Health Services,
  • Mason, D. J., Leavitt, J. K., & Chaffee, M. W. (2013). Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare-Revised Reprint. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • Sibley, L. M., & Weiner, J. P. (2011). An evaluation of access to health care services along the rural-urban continuum in Canada: BMC health services research, 11(1),


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