Review: Towards an understanding of resilience: responding to health systems shocks

This research article identifies five critical dimensions that must be addressed for health systems to be able to successfully adapt and respond to crises.

Three primary and two secondary dimensions must be attended to for a health care system faced with a shock, such as a global pandemic, to not only survive but also to become more resilient. Using data from past experiences (i.e., Ebola virus outbreak in Africa, climate change disasters, refugee and immigration crisis in Europe, and financial crisis in Europe), researchers determined that emphasis must be placed on intervening at the core areas of health systems: health information systems, funding and financial mechanisms, and health workforce. Additionally, good governance and aligning policy with values underlying health systems will affect the success of any intervention. Government action is critical in implementing and coordinating responses to crises. Even knowing these lessons from previous crises, leaders must take context into consideration when responding to promote health systems resilience.

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About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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