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Students/Faculty News Kevin Storr July 26, 2023

Jane Banaszak HollJane Banaszak-Holl, Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, has been awarded the Medical Care Research and Review 2022 Article of the Year for the paper she co-authored titled “Public Health and Health Sector Crisis Leadership During Pandemics: A Review of the Medical and Business Literature.”

In the paper, originally published online September 2, 2021, the authors deliver three new contributions to the discussion of crisis leadership:

  1. Creating a scoping review methodology to map the competencies exhibited by health leaders during pandemics.
  2. Defining crisis leadership as a threefold interaction between task, people and adaptive competencies.
  3. Identifying how competencies are used by health leaders to support evidence-based trainings for future pandemics.

“We believe this is the first review to thoroughly examine leadership and leaders themselves during pandemics,” said Banaszak-Holl. “The world has witnessed multiple pandemics the past two decades and it is critical that health leaders improve their effectiveness, health systems increase their capacity, and health workers engage in stronger training, because we will continue to face more pandemics in the near future.”

“This is a groundbreaking look at the successes, but also the mistakes and missteps, from health care leadership during the pandemic,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Andrew J. Butler, Ph.D. “There were unplanned expenditures during COVID-19 and it is easy to say the lessons learned in this research could save health care systems significant resources when the next pandemic arrives.”

Medical Care Research and Review (formerly Medical Care Review) has published abstracts and critical reviews of literature on organizational structure, economics, and the financing of health and medical care systems for more than half a century.

You can see the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1177/10775587211039201.

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