Posted By Jennifer Hodgson,
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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days I do not indulge on the libations of fermented grapes much but I
feel the hangover of working full steam with minimal stops. Why is it
that collaborative people tend to become so enthused by the great buffet
of work? Most people who are collaborative care types are the ones you
see championing new ideas, training ridiculous numbers of people to do
the work, writing and researching the merits of systems thinking, and
working tirelessly to advance healthcare while pushing a boulder the
size of Aunt Rita’s meatballs uphill!
are so many factors to consider in the change process, and our dear
friend CJ Peek nailed it when he crafted the words "Three World View.”
Just like a car, healthcare will not move without money to put gas in
the tank and maintain it, a place to drive the vehicle that is not in
the way of existing transportation, and people skilled enough to do it
well. However, it also takes a commitment to retraining providers,
patients, families, and countless others which is where the cheese comes
in because there will be lots of whining happening when we start the
change ball rolling.
creatures of habit and movement is not about the lack of a great idea
but the willingness to stop and turn the wheel and head in a different
direction. The first step is to sometimes step back and take inventory
of what is existing in that space. Retain what is going well and slowly
introduce change that is in partnership with the system that will be
impacted by it.
you want to lessen the whine, serve great cheese that the system wants!
A model that works in Colorado may not work in its pure form in North
Carolina. However, the idea of the Colorado model shared with colleagues
and patients may generate a hybrid version that has promise. This work
is messy, time consuming, and not for the impatient types. In the eyes
of a patient though, they do not see all of the mess, although sometimes
they might, but they feel the effort of a system who is trying to
improve upon itself.
The title of this blog
is really ambiapplicable. Those whining can be those doing it, as well
as, those impacted by it. Either way, change is challenging and movement
can be slow but progress is addictive. Perhaps this blog
has the flavor of my last grant, substance abuse, or is a product of
how I feel after a long semester in academia. What I want people who
read this to know is that your work and your efforts are making the
difference! You are inspiring people each day by your commitment to your
philosophy of what healthcare can look like now and in the future.
Hodgson, PhD, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate
Professor in the Departments of Child Development and Family Relations
and Family Medicine at East Carolina University, and President of CFHA.
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