Talkingwith a Policy Maker
Talkingwith a Policy Maker
Apolicy is a set of ideas officially ascended to by a group of peopleor an organization(Kerr, Losito & Sánchez, 2010).Policy features the organization`s mission and enables the executionof its strategy while enhancing the employee`s knowledge of theirresponsibilities and what would happen if there was a breach ofconduct. Health policy is a medium for exploration and review ofhealth system issues.
Accordingto Lourenco,Grant, Burr & Vale (2010) theaim of health policy is to create a communication link among thepolicy and system researchers, legislators, decision-makers, and theexperts whose concern is the initiation and assessment of healthpolicy, health systems and improvements in health care. According tothe World Health Organization (WHO), health policy refers to thedecisions, plans, and actions undertaken to achieve specific healthcare objectives in the community. A good health plan should include avision for the future which helps to identify goals and progressassessment points.
Apolicy maker is a person with decision-making authority to approvepolicy documents or allocate funds towards a community health course.For my study, I decided to talk to the chair of the board of regionalhealth. I made an appointment request to the office of the board ofregional health, and I successfully secured the appointment duringthe regular business hours. First, the chair declined to hold adiscussion with me stating that there were some more pressing issuesat hand. Upon a genuine appeal on the importance of my work both forthe better of the region and for my credits, I was invited to join inthe lunch hours where we would freely discuss the matters I had.
Duringthe discussion, I started by highlighting the areas exhibiting thestrengths of the region`s health state. I used this tactic to createa good rapport. I then introduced my questions as I realized I hadnot much time left. I first introduced a few health policies such aschildren immunizations and asked for clarification on other types ofsystems existing in the area. My concern was that there were very lowstandards of efficiency when it comes to service provision, access toquality health services and reduced service quality. For instance, Inoted that there were many cases of deaths reported in the region dueto unavailable or an unresponsive emergency service delivery. Otherreported cases involved some patients diagnosed with the wrong kindsof medical prescriptions that either led to a few deaths or theworsening of the patient`s condition. I needed to know if at all theissues caught the attention of the local body foreseeing regionalhealth and if the policies in place played a part in generating theproblems and if not, how were they contributing to the welfare of thesociety.
Usinga meeting with decision makers to effect change has some advantages.A face to face meeting with such officials means that one has directaccess to any information or clarification one may require on aparticular issue (Kerr,Losito & Sánchez, 2010).One also gets to know the general attitude of the policy makers onsuch matters. The disadvantage that comes with this method one canonly air their views of which may not have any impact on the policymaker. Policy makers may stage their empathy or understanding(Lourenco, Grant, Burr & Vale, 2010).
Letterto the chair of the regional health committee
Itis my pleasure to write you this letter sir. Thank you for allowingme a chance to evaluate a few regional health matters with greatinsight. Your time and opinion were very useful and educative. A lotis yet to be done in our society. I believe I have more to offer andhope to interact with you more in the course of my research. Yoursfaithfully
Kerr,D., Losito, B., & Sánchez, R. (2010). Strategicsupport for decision makers.Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.
Lourenco,T., Grant, A., Burr, J., & Vale, L. (2010). Local decision-makersviews` of national guidance on interventional procedures in theUK. JournalOf Health Services Research & Policy, 15(suppl2), 3-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jhsrp.2009.009090