Governance for Health Roundtable Event: Women's Leadership in Health Systems Management

As originally seen on Girls' Globe

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Governance for Health in Low and Middle Income Countries Roundtable hosted by Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The Roundtable aimed to further the conversation surrounding good governance within businesses and organizations – particularly in regards to health systems management. As demonstrated by the attendees who represented a wide range of cross-cutting issues, good governance impacts everything – from women’s leadership to technological innovations to global health.

Dr. Kate Tulenko, Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth International, was first to speak about the importance of women’s leadership in health systems governance. Tulenko emphasized that women usually are first to come into contact with health systems as they – typically – are the primary caregivers for their children. Therefore, more women must ‘sit at the table’ of health systems governance boards in order to achieve the best results – both in finance management and health outcomes. Tulenko also emphasized the need for more data demonstrating how boardroom diversity – in gender and other realms – is critical for improved results.

In order to attract more women to high-level positions, organizations must implement a leadership training style that suits women’s needs.

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