The engagement of community members in the management and development of public health is a crucial aspect of enhancing the nature of public health. The embracement of active initiatives is critical for the success of public health activities. One of the strategies that can be utilized to achieve the development of public health initiatives through community engagement is by mobilizing community members to participate in public health activities. Community collaboration is essential in offering support to the resolution makers at all levels to ensure the availability of the required support services (Colligan, Tomoyasu and Howell, 2015).
In the inception of the community mobilization team, it is vital to include community influencers and youth leaders. Ideally, the mentioned stakeholders would help in the building of participation programs and offering support and motive to change in culture. Besides, it is crucial to consider the interests, assets and priorities of community individuals. Community members tend to work with the public health department when their interests are ascertained and integrated into the plan (Colligan, Tomoyasu and Howell, 2015). Such a strategy is crucial in creating a linkage between the goals of the public health department and community interests.
Public health individuals play a significant role in providing care and enhancing health outcomes of patients. During a crisis, public health providers are required to respond positively and give the intended attention and interventions. Nonetheless, it is essential to deploy motivation strategies to enhance the enthusiasm of healthcare providers in responding during a disaster or a crisis. One of the initiatives that can be used in offering motivation to the public health care personnel is the development of a regular psychological support network. The strategy is aimed at ensuring that public health personnel feel a sense of connection and belonging. During situations of a crisis, health care providers face isolation and stigmatization due to risks that face their activities (Frisina, Doetter and Götze, 2011).Such a scenario can result in stress to the personnel, and therefore the establishment of a regular psychological support network would help in motivating an individual to carry out their professional tasks.
Besides, the use of valenced intangible awards such as service rewards, promoting of employees and extra-paid time off would aid in motivating health care individuals to be available in offering s health care services even in a crisis. As well, creating awareness to the personnel on their essential role in providing services in situations of a disaster would enhance their participation (Frisina, Doetter and Götze, 2011). If health care providers perceive that their tasks are crucial in dealing with an emergency, they will respond positively during a crisis. Therefore the inception of training and education programs about emergency preparedness will enhance the motive of employees to provide services during an emergency.
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