Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. is Bringing Hope to Healthcare Through Support of TIP’s Hope Initiative
Health and wellbeing is deeply personal, and the ability to optimize health and wellbeing is often dependent upon the ability to trust in the person or system providing health care guidance. As such, the relationship between a frontline health worker and the community member she serves becomes the cornerstone for successful primary healthcare delivery. TIP Global Health believes that this relationship is most likely to thrive when each person is valued, capable, and hopeful in the future. Hope is the desire for and belief in a positive future, defined as “a multidimensional, dynamic, empowering state of being that is central to life, related to external help and caring, oriented towards the future and highly personalized to each individual.”
Health systems that prioritize interconnectedness between frontline health workers and mothers can strengthen the readiness and commitment of both populations to invest in the potential of a future good outcome. Hope – characterized by interconnectedness, readiness for change, and future-oriented mindset – will play a critical role in effective primary care delivery by facilitating strong relationships between frontline health workers and patients and continual behavior modification among both populations. When systems fail to foster hopefulness, healthcare workers develop burnout, quality of care diminishes, women avoid care, and health outcomes suffer. Understanding the role of hope will help local health systems develop an enabling environment that fosters active participation in care among pregnant women and mothers, reinforces the resilience of frontline health care workers, and achieves sustained improvements in maternal and child health outcomes.
TIP Global Health is proud to have Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. as our partner in this research, supporting our efforts to create hopeful health systems worldwide. TIP thanks Templeton for their generosity and commitment to hope in healthcare and improved primary care outcomes. The Hope Initiative research team is now moving into the next phase of this groundbreaking research, in partnership with Jubilee Center and Tufts University through the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Global Innovations for Character Development (GICD) initiative.
This research is now in the third phase of a four-phased mixed methods research initiative established by TIP Global Health to demonstrate that an optimized intervention can increase and maintain high levels of hopefulness among frontline health workers and mothers, that increased levels of hopefulness among these populations leads to sustained improvements in quality of healthcare provided, sustained maternal engagement in care and maternal adoption of care recommendations. This optimized intervention will ultimately lead to our outcome objective of sustained improvements in maternal and child health outcomes.
TIP Global Health envisions a world in which quality health care leads to inclusive, empowered, and healthy communities. We are deeply committed to using meaningful indicators and rigorous scientific methods to achieve our vision. With curiosity, humility, and compassion guiding our research, we seek to understand how hopefulness can impact entire healthcare systems — improving the delivery of healthcare, reducing burnout among frontline health workers, and improving health outcomes for families at the last mile. Our research will result in further Big Questions, prompting discoveries of new information that drives healthcare systems to further assess their care delivery. Through The Hope Initiative, TIP will disseminate new information and research findings to diverse audiences that will be readily accessible, open to evaluation, and free of charge. Although the proposed research would take place in Rwanda, the implications of this research would be far reaching, guiding healthcare systems across the globe.
Over 5.7 million women and children die each year from mostly preventable conditions. Understanding the factors that contribute to the delivery of consistently high-quality care that facilitates ongoing maternal engagement in care and adoption of care recommendations is a matter of life or death. This research will demonstrate the critical role that hopefulness plays in the design and implementation of effective primary health care delivery systems. TIP Global Health will disseminate our research findings in publications, policy briefs, and through public advocacy to influence national and international decision-makers. This research will also be widely shared with frontline health workers and communities as an advocacy tool. The research initiative has global implications that can revolutionize primary healthcare systems to achieve and sustain good health outcomes and contribute to thriving communities around the globe.
This research is only possible thanks to the support of our generous partner, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.
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