142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Problematizing a singular approach to health care integration: China, Cuba, India and the Philippines

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Paul Kadetz, PhD, MPH, MSN , Leiden University College, Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands

This research examines both the construction and the appropriateness of the World Health Organization’s model for the integration of non-biomedical practices and practitioners into biomedical health care systems. Through both primary research and a comparative critical review of the literature concerning integration in China, Cuba, India and The Philippines, this paper assesses what health care integration is; how health care integration is being practised in these different contexts; if WHO’s representation and practice of health care integration are appropriate to a given context; and how might health care integration be reframed. The findings of this research illustrate that a hegemonic conception of health care integration must ultimately be reconsidered and reformulated to better accommodate local levels and ultimately provide improved access to health care, as was intended in the WHO’s original conceptualisation of health care integration.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify the issues that arise in approaching integration as a single process. Differentiate how integration has been a different process in China, Cuba, India and the Philippines.

Keyword(s): International Health, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted this research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.