LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Dr. David Buys is the president of the Mississippi Public Health Association and a faculty member at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he teaches in the classroom and in the field for the MSU Extension Service. LeadingPublicHealth.org Alumni Editor and Mississippi native Dr. Mary Wesley interviewed Dr. Buys to learn about his leadership journey and plans for leading public health change in Mississippi.

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Leading Public Health For a Healthier World

Leading Public Health For a Healthier World

Racism. Migration. Antibiotic resistance. Climate Change. Today’s students and recent graduates of public health schools will face these and other challenges throughout their careers. Will we resolve them? The belief that the world is inexorably getting better, that the arc of history is bending towards justice, is being questioned. Many people are gripped in a malaise of apathy. To overcome these obstacles, it is essential that public health practitioners be equipped with the right skills. But that begs the question - what do we need to know?

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The Political DELTA

The Political DELTA

While musing over what to write about for my blog post, it occurred to me that mine may be a relatively unique DELTA experience in that it departs from the academic realm and sits squarely in within global health governance and politics. Given this departure from the norm (I’m not sure what I mean by norm, given that ours is only the second batch of DELTAs to be sent into the oven!), here is my story, which I hope may be of use for someone considering a similar path.

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A System-Wide Approach to Reduce Inefficiencies in the Health Sector

A System-Wide Approach to Reduce Inefficiencies in the Health Sector

Following the introduction of Millennium Development Goals, global health aid has seen a tremendous increase, allowing many of the poorest countries in the world to make significant progress towards increasing the coverage of key health interventions across diseases such as HIV, TB, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, diarrhea, and pneumonia. The organizational model used to achieve these rapid gains against the backdrop of resource constraints has been the “vertical program approach,” in which funds were channeled by global health donors focused on controlling diseases in silos, reflected in the emergence of large funding organizations such as Gavi for vaccines and Global Fund for HIV, TB, and malaria.

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Innovation Systems Framework: How Can We Evaluate Innovation in Healthcare?

Innovation Systems Framework: How Can We Evaluate Innovation in Healthcare?

During my initial conversations about my DELTA Thesis project, I was posed with a question: “how can a healthcare institution produce innovation?” What struck me about the question was that it framed innovation as the tangible output of a process; as some kind of product resulting from various inputs that, if we just tuned them right, could make us more “innovative.”

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The DrPH as a Toolkit for an Engaged Academic Path

The DrPH as a Toolkit for an Engaged Academic Path

The DrPH was created to bridge the gap between the usual output of doctoral academic programs -researchers- and an unmet need in the public health field: public health practitioners with doctoral-level training in both scientific methods and the exercise of leadership. Proficiency in scientific methods is needed due to their key role in the public health decision-making processes, as well as to utilize them purposefully and innovatively to improve our understanding of health needs and our ability to meet them.

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