Heather Young, the dean of UC Davis’ Moore School of Nursing, recently represented nurses on a work group tasked with making recommendations to President Obama on how to improve quality of care and lower costs.
The 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group has presented its work to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The work group included hospital CEOs, doctors, health care leaders and other experts. Young was the only nurse leader among them.
The council will now prepare a report for the president taking into account work group recommendations.
“Because interprofessional collaboration is essential to improving health systems,” Young said in a news release, “I was honored to be a part of this group and add a nursing leadership perspective. We know that it takes input from all members of the health-care team to effect change.”
Their recommendations covered areas like increasing access to health data and analytics, involving communities in improving health care delivery and training health professionals in new skills and approaches.