For a health organization to be capable of accomplishing its goals within a society, it must have a disaster recovery plan. The reason why Valley City had challenges is that it was caught unprepared by the train disaster. Consequently, they incurred numerous damages in terms of property damage and lives lost. Research states that a disaster recovery strategy is a structured and documented approach describing how an organization can resume its operation after particular adversity (Brundiers, 2018). The approach helps organizations handle adverse situations in a timely manner to save lives. In other words, the strategy contains measures that help minimize the impact of a catastrophe so that the health institution can continue its mission-critical operations. Thus, for a health institution to effectively handle disasters, it must have a disaster recovery plan.
Several elements combine together to impact an individual’s health and that of their communities. In Vila City, factors such as the environment and an individual’s circumstances determine whether they are healthy or unhealthy. Extensively, such elements as education level, genetics, where a person lives and their relationship with family and friends may determine the health of an individual (Dzau et al., 2018). To a lesser extent, other factors such as the utilization of healthcare services and access to them may also impact an individual’s health.
In Vila City, the context of an individual’s livelihood determines whether they are healthy or not. For instance, social status and income determine an individual’s health. According to research, people with high social status and income generally have better health compared to those with low income and social status. Similarly, individuals with low education levels are linked to poor health and usually lack self-confidence and are more stressed. In terms of gender, women and men suffer from various types of illnesses at different stages in life.
Barriers to recovery efforts are those factors that pose challenges to the recovery process. According to research, these can be categorized as health barriers, financial and economic barriers, and cultural and financial barriers (Tuckson et al., 2017). In Vila City, one of the barriers is the lack of modern resources to combat calamities such as the oil derailment incident. As a result, they lost lives and several people were hospitalized, thereby increasing pressure on the limited resources of the Vila Community.
An effective disaster recovery strategy must consider several situations within society and the health institution. In the case of the Vila community, it should consider developing a flexible plan to ensure that it can adjust it in the future. A flexible disaster recovery strategy ensures the health institution is able to accommodate any changes that might arise during the recovery process. Including an education, the structure ensures that the community knows the type of calamity they are facing and, thus, are able to take appropriate measures to reduce or contain the adversity (Brundiers, 2018). Including the community members in the disaster recovery process makes it easy for both the aid providers and society members to communicate.
Principles of social justice are essential when it comes to ensuring health equity for individuals, families, and aggregates in the community. According to research, one of these principles involves access to resources (Brundiers, 2018). To serve members of the Vila community, there must be the availability of resources and services. These include food, shelter, health care and education. Thus, to ensure that there is equitable distribution of health care services in society, everyone must be able to access education, food and shelter. Moreover, both the Vila fire department and the Vila City Regional Hospital must include communication in the recovery process to ensure that every individual is attended to. Considering an individual’s right also plays a key role in ensuring equity in health distribution. A just community is one that protects the civil rights of its members.
Cultural sensitivity is an essential part of a disaster recovery strategy because it involves educating the Valley City Regional Hospital medical providers on how to handle different cultures. As a result, they will be able to work in different environments with different cultures. The acceptance and awareness of other cultures will reduce health disparities because the medical providers will be able to attend to different people with different cultures with ease. Additionally, it will reduce cultural barriers to disaster recovery by improving communication between the medical providers and the disaster victims.
Governmental and health policy in the sector of disaster recovery has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that some policies require some organizations, such as FEMA, to provide aid to disaster recovery agencies (Fitter et al., 2017). However, there are some discriminatory laws that exclude a certain population from receiving aid. As a result, disaster recovery agencies may not be able to help a certain population due to policy restrictions. This is a problem because most people may not be able to recover from the disaster due to the existing rules and regulations. Thus, FEMA steps in such situations as the one faced by Vila City.
To overcome communication barriers during the disaster recovery process, it is important for the Valley City Regional Hospital to ensure that the Vila society members are included. When members of a society are engaged in the process of recovery, it makes it easier for medical practitioners to disseminate information concerning the catastrophe (Fitter et al., 2017). Medical providers should also encourage victims of adversity to ask questions. By asking questions concerning their condition, a doctor is able to establish that the patient is processing the information being provided. The other evidence-based technique is utilizing an easy-to-understand language. Using simple language makes it easy for a patient to articulate their condition and thus, they will follow the necessary measures to contain the adversity.
The proposed disaster recovery plan has numerous implications, most of which are positive. Without a recovery plan, nurses and doctors may be disorganized and, as a result, attend to patients who do not need immediate medical attention. Consequently, those who need emergency treatment may not get the necessary attention and may die in the process. The proposed plan ensures that there is some organization that involves attending to emergency victims first. The plan further makes access to medical services easier and ensures that the medical institutions effectively utilize the available resources for maximum outcomes.
Disaster recovery is the process by which an organization strategizes to mitigate the impact of an unforeseen calamity. To do so, the plan recommends the inclusion of the affected community. The reason for this is that it allows for smooth communication between the care providers and the community members. Consequently, this allows for faster service delivery and further overcomes barriers to communication. Medical providers should further consider using simple language to ensure that community members understand them. Thus, it is essential for a health institution to have a recovery plan since it is essential to achieving the goal of equitable medical service delivery.
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