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Demonstrating Effective Leadership

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Capella University

NHS8002: Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

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July 1, 2021


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Demonstrating Effective Leadership

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019a), deaths due to

opioid overdose have increased almost six-fold in the last 10 years. Opioid overdose is also

responsible for an average of 130 deaths in the United States every day. Although there is a lot of

scholarly literature available on evidence-based approaches to tackle the problem of addiction,

prevention and treatment interventions require an effective coalition. The following assessment

focuses on addressing the issue of opioid addiction in Charleston, West Virginia, through the

formation of effective coalition teams. A thorough analysis of factors contributing to the problem

helps in understanding who needs to be included in the coalition to make it work most

effectively. The analysis of the contributing factors also helps develop strategies, best practices,

and ethical standards that the coalition team should consider to ensure that it achieves its goal.

An effective coalition must also strive to operate in an environment that is diverse and inclusive

and uses evidence in the field to inform every aspect of practice.

Contributing Factors to Opioid Addiction

According to a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2019), West Virginia

reported the highest number of deaths due to opioid overdose. In 2017, about 833 deaths were

reported in West Virginia, with a prevalence rate of about 49.6 deaths for every 100,000 people.

This rate was three times the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons (National Institute

on Drug Abuse, 2019).

There are many factors that contribute to opioid abuse and addiction. Social determinants

of health and their influence on the opioid crisis are important factors to consider. They include

aspects such as education, income stability, social participation, access to affordable health care,

and childhood trauma (Compton & Manseau, 2019). Another contributor to the increase of


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opioid addiction is th

Write an 8 page evaluation of key aspects of a population-based health concern, including your selection of members to form an interprofessional, collaborative coalition to achieve the stated goal.

Resolving population health concerns requires the combined efforts of numerous agencies and individuals to address the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing costs. This requires an interprofessional and collaborative effort to address the complex factors at the individual, organizational, community, and policy levels associated with the multiple factors affecting the health and well-being of our communities (Graffunder, Sakurada, & Nordisk, 2016).

As a scholar-practitioner in the field, you may be expected to develop and lead a diverse team of health care professionals, civic leaders, community stakeholders, constituents, community members, other interested parties, and city, state, and government agencies in addressing a wide range of issues affecting the health of diverse groups.

This assessment provides an opportunity for you to apply your leadership skills to form a collaborative, interprofessional coalition to address a population-based health concern from a nursing, public health, or health administration perspective.


Graffunder, C., Sakurada, B., & Nordisk, N. (2016). 
Preparing health care and public health professionals for team performance: The community as the classroom. National Academy of Medicine.


Government officials are taking action to address a chronic population health concern in your area. As a member of this community, you have a good understanding of the local demographics and population health issues, including the potential implications for policy making, health care systems, service utilization, clinical practice, education, and the workforce. In your role as a doctoral graduate and health care practitioner, you have been asked to:

· Evaluate key aspects (including the social determinants of health) of the selected population health issue from the topic list.

· Lead an interprofessional team of your choosing (a coalition of community members and organizations, clinical providers, health care organizations, and civic and governmental agencies), to achieve the coalition’s goal(s), which may include prevention efforts, quality improvement, service utilization, and the reduction of health care costs.  

This leadership position requires the ability to promote prevention efforts, quality improvement, service utilization and the reduction of health care costs, as well as skills in the following areas:

· Effective and ethical leadership.

· Interprofessional communication.

· Collaboration, inclusion, and applying new and existing knowledge to solve problems and inform decision making.