As a future leader in the field of public health, you may face many chronic health threats to various systems. As you work to combat these threats and ensure community wellness, you are likely to become an agent of social change. This objective may be more challenging, although more critical, to achieve in matters such as in public health emergencies and outbreaks. For leaders, outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics elicit critical and timely attention to situations in public health.
In this week’s article by Osterholm, the author presents a possibility of another pandemic. Using this Learning Resource as well as 2–4 additional resources you may find from the Walden Library, current events, etc., consider your leadership perspective during a pandemic influenza outbreak in the United States.
By selecting the following leadership role that would respond during this outbreak: Incident Response Commander
Use a systems approach to establish immediate response in preventing another pandemic.
Individual Case Analysis (1–2 pages)
Based on the leadership role you selected for the assignment, include the following:
- A summary of the leadership challenges this leader would face in assuring the system changes necessary to be prepared for the next pandemic
- An explanation of how your leadership challenges as this leader relate to challenges of the other leaders including :
- Director, FEMA
- Director, CDC
- Governor of an afflicted state
- Response Leader, American Red Cross (or other non-governmental organization)