Management and Leadership as a Force Muitiplier for achieving Universal Health Care Goals
CDC IMPACT Program, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Former CDC Director William Foege stated, “the lack of management skills appears to be the single most important barrier to improving health throughout the world.” Strong leadership and management capacity are essential ‘force multipliers’ within health systems that increase the prospect of better health outcomes. However, without consensus on definitions and level of investment in robust evaluations to measure impact, evidence isn’t available to inform decisions regarding prioritization, adaptation, or scale-up. An opening panel will describe efforts to build leadership and management capacity in global health systems and will segue into an interactive session where members of the global health community will discuss the challenges associated with capacity building in these areas, as well as potential avenues by which management and leadership can be built to improve universal health care efforts and support sustainable development goals.