Public-Private Partnerships in an Age of Austerity: State-Local and Federal-State Dynamics
co-sponsored by the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, during A Silver Celebration of its 25th anniversary
The Rosenberg Dialogue Series explores opportunities for the private sector to work in partnership with the public and nonprofit (nongovernmental organization) sectors to create a vibrant and economically strong society. This dialogue delves into how federalism and intergovernmental relations influence the type and extent of such partnerships.
Maryland Hospitals and Environmental Sustainability: Green Health-Care Facilities
Health care is a vital component of Maryland's economy, but health-care facilities face many worksite and environmental challenges. Economic, social and environmental health impacts of energy consumption; water usage; material purchase, use and wastage; as well as the quantity and toxicity of the chemicals used in and for health care must be managed concurrently.
For health-care providers, there is also a moral imperative—an ethical obligation—to create a resilient health-care system that benefits citizens as well as organized stakeholders. Achieving this balance within resource constraints requires management efficiency, operational effectiveness, cost containment while maintaining quality of care, and ensuring employees' health, general safety and environmental sustainability.
How can these goals be achieved affordably and reliably? What are the opportunities for public-private-sector collaboration?
Access to Pharmaceutical Products and Services for Underserved Populations: Public- and Private-Sector Roles in the United States and India
The front line of our public health system is not a doctor's office, an emergency room or even a clinic, but our local pharmacies. The community pharmacist is the first and often most frequent point of contact that many people have with the organized health-care system. Medicine shortages are the most visible consequence of a changed and interconnected world, but underserved populations confront unmet needs for access to pharmacist services and clinical information.
Education for community pharmacists' clinical roles continues to require significant curricular change and mentored experiential education. This has led to an undersupply of pharmacists globally, with implications for unmet medical needs and avoidable drug interactions that manifest in other areas of the health-care system: crisis visits to emergency rooms; hospitalizations; and secondary, perhaps chronic, disabilities.