Sample Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians Project Proposal

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians Project Proposal

Opinion-Editorial Section

In relation to the studies conducted in the past on healthy feeding and lifestyles, it is important to note some of the growing perceptions about the impacts of dietary systems on people’s health. While a majority of the Asian population believe that people can eat any type of food as long as they are able to keep their weight down, other individuals strictly follow Atkins-type diet, which is also inefficient when it comes to establishing better health relationships and living styles among families.

Opinion piece

It is not surprising to note that half of the Asian population is on diet due to the growing instances of Type 2 diabetes and other related diseases like obesity (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). With the growing instances of unhealthy lifestyles, the decision by respective states to put a ban on large consumption and retailing of soft drinks only aims at ensuing healthy living styles and better health records for the people in the region (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). It is true according to the investigations conducted by the WHO that the growing rate of obesity and diabetes in the Asia account to the fact that the vast population rely on foods and food products with high calories contents (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). With such instances, majority of Asian population focus on widespread options that offer hopes for weight loss, which in the end expose the population to even more vulnerable situations and promises including those that are false when it comes to establishing healthy living styles.

However, there is still hope for the people with Type 2 diabetes and other health related diseases like obesity (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). A myriad of factors are considered to be consistent with the peoples’ need for better dietary systems, and in most cases, doctors work on certain diets to supplement the available foods and regular feeding habits (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). In our understanding, all the stresses the Asians go through in order to reduce their weights and develop a permanent healthy living style could be minimized only if the people were in a position of incorporating certain feeding models in their dietary systems (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). One of such important feeding models include the Mediterranean diet, which is recognized for its guide to better feeding habits and improved exercise for better living.

From the forgoing, most Asians seem to hold onto misconceived ideas about the relationship between weight loss and dietary systems. At one point in time, a person is noted saying, “as long as you are keeping your weight down, it does not matter the kind of foods and food products you eat.” However, in real sense, the types of foods ad food products people consume play important roles in a person’s life, hence it does matter what a person eats even if there are instances of weight check (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). This means that people with type 2 diabetes and obesity should be in a position to understand the differences between being thin and being healthy; a concept well defined in Mediterranean dietary structure. It is also important for the Asians to understand that whatever is consumed as food determines the kind of disease a person will develop, regardless of whether that person is thin or fat. While a person may concentrate on particular diets in the name of creating a foundation for healthy living, such diets may be harmful in the long run if their consumption is not regulated.

While referring to a study conducted by Atkins-type diet, which was published by the New York Time earlier this year, focusing on Atkins-type diet could be the only sure and fastest way to lose weight. However, the dietary system provided by the Atkins-type diet has made people to believe that eating meet and butter could help reduce weight, cut tummy and lead to healthy living (Hall, Lesley ML, et al). This idea is strictly irrelevant when it comes to establishing permanent healthy living conditions as postulated by the Mediterranean feeding model, which focuses on farm produce and small consumption of processed foods.

Manifesto to the Congressperson

Summary

This section provides insights into the collaborative roles of the government, public health institutions, private health institutions and individuals towards ensuring growth from poor eating habits to more enhanced dietary systems that can help particular states improve the living styles of its people (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). The congress person, therefore, plays an intermediary role by linking all the health care stakeholders, providing the necessary finances to aid in training programs and facilitating treatments to people with Type 2 diabetes and other diet related diseases. In other words, the intervention of the government through health policies and other regulations may enhance the quality of life or be the starting point for poor health performances (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). Therefore, developing a plan that encompasses government objectives and strategic actions towards improving the general health of citizens requires proper understanding of the problem. This would help the states to perform their allocative roles efficiently and effectively, and in a way that meets the objectives of the people; both the unaffected and affected.

Introduction, Background, and Need

After a period of 35 years in medical research, the NPM Research Institute was able to determine the health relationships among the Asian people and various states. The research revealed that the patients who depend entirely on plant-based meals like black been vegetables, chilly and whole grains like wheat penne and roasted vegetables record reversed health conditions with growing instances of severe coronary artery disease (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). As to such, engaging in partial exercises and stress management techniques could help reduce coronary artery disease, which are majorly caused by accumulation of fats in blood tissues (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). The vast programs provided by the NPM Research Institute aimed at increasing blood flow within body tissues and reduces inflammation of body tissues and organ since inflammation is the major cause of heart disease and other forms of cancer. The ideal process of the programs established by the NPM Research Institute aimed at reversing the progression of type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory diseases that may occur due to high accumulation of fats in the body.

The rising rates of cardiac arrest and premature deaths in Asia rests upon the fact that people have always remained insensitive to issues connecting to their lives, but instead focus on poor living styles. It is not strange to note that majority of those people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and types 2 diabetes are from rich families with well-established diets. The Asian population, especially those individuals from the far Northern ends of Asia must recognized the fact that consuming both processed and unprocessed red meat as prescribed by the Atkins diet is detrimental to people’s health and may lead to increased risks of premature deaths (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). Both processed and unprocessed foods create a base for other related diseases like cardiovascular diseases, growth of cancerous cells and type 2 diabetes. With the rising needs for better health programs, individual states in Asia spend close to 1.2 billion dollars as part of annual budget on health care costs (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). A higher percentage of these funds are directed towards creating awareness on chronic diseases and their reversed processes as well as ensuring that people live healthy lifestyles through proper medication.

The rising costs of operation require active engagement on the side of the government, and through the congressperson, it becomes easier for respective healthcare institutions to obtain funds the proposed projects. We believe that the growing cases of Type 2 diabetes and other related diseases can be reversed or prevented, but only with the active participation of respective governments (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). In general, if governments can put money and efforts into those activities that will help people make better foods and choose appropriates exercise, improving people’s health could reduce the overall costs of health care. In more politically polarized landscape, covering programs for reversing Type 2 diabetes could improve the general health of the population with several positive impacts on economic performance (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). In this connection, raising government taxes or increasing the deficit without paying attention on diet and lifestyle choices may not account for better living, especially where the funds collected from the citizen are used for other purposes.

 

 

Objectives

Type 2 diabetes is one of the health challenges Asian people are facing today, and this based on the fact that the population is reluctant to embrace healthy feeding habits and plans for improving living conditions (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). With the rising health challenges, the needs to provide proper training to the Asian population on healthy lifestyles and better feeding habits. Asians must be made to understand the relationship between a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle, which is core towards improving individual performances and general economic improvement. This article will act as a tool to enlighten the entire population of Asia on health issues and a recommendation to the respective congresspersons to intervene into health operations through efficient and sufficient allocation of both physical and financial resources (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). Therefore, the main objective is to influence the allocative roles of the government towards ensuring health growth as well as reducing some of the social and economic constraints that result from poor health conditions (Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al). The government through the congresspersons must be aware of the challenges citizens are facing so that active policies and better programs can be established to help improve situations.

Delivery Methods

There is an increasingly alarming rate of Asians who tend to develop Type II diabetes as they age. In order to lessen the rate, we would like to target the young elites who have diabetic family members that, in turn, might increase their chances of developing diabetes. Therefore, we would like to deliver information through interactive workshops at SFSU’s Student Health Center and through a YouTube channel (Shaw, PK Chandie, et al). Through an interactive workshop, young adults will be introduced to diet substitutions that will help those who already have diabetes and those that might develop diabetes. In addition, our YouTube channel will include the following:

  • an introduction to Type II diabetes
  • ingredient substitutions
  • how to change eating habits slowly
  • Healthy alternative recipes

The anticipated challenges will be seeking permission from the student health center to have a workshop, advertising our channel to gain more viewers, and experimenting with the recipes. To manage these difficulties, we will need to find another appropriate location to hold our workshop if SFSU does not allow permission, find connections to a dietician, and to research marketing plans for the channel.

Evaluation

The relevance of the topic will be evaluated based on the intensity and findings of other studies since they offer background information on the most relevant and contemporary health issues (Shaw, PK Chandie, et al). As the moments, the various studies and articles published on healthy living and feeding relations are small, uncontrolled, non-multicenter with a focus on dietary methods for drugs. Based on the case analysis and prompt investigations, there seem to be lacking evidences for reversing type 2 diabetes because the condition is difficult to manage. Without proper equipment to handle patients with Type one diabetes, doctors find no premises to intervene in the life of the patient in order to make the health operation successful. The health challenges people face today according to the research conducted by the office of ADA makes it hard for doctor to monitor long-term diet trends since in most case (Shaw, PK Chandie, et al), people lack idea about the foods and food products they consume. Some of the discussions raised on healthy eating practices point to the fact that progression in the life of a person is inevitable. This means that people with type 2 diabetes can never avoid progression and complications of the disease since they mostly depend on diets rich in carbohydrates. At the same time, the follow-ups on health factors seem too short to guarantee comprehension and validity, hence, telling the duration the benefits will last becomes hard (Shaw, PK Chandie, et al). The non-comprehension and non-validity reasons arise due to lack of funds to facilitate available the studies and in different occasions, governments focus on those studies conducted by health institutions as the most appropriate for policy implementation and process execution.

Partnerships, Collaborations, and Expertise

To accomplish this project, we will reach out to multiple organizations in our community. So far, we have reached out to individuals within Highland Hospital where we volunteer. We are seeking out doctors who will provide us with their experiences dealing with diabetic patients and dieticians who will provide us with eating alternatives.

Budget

The estimated cost for the project is currently being determined. We are aware of the financial cost in purchasing ingredients to cook for our recipes and advertisements (flyers). To minimize the cost for the project, we plan to create a recipe every two weeks. Therefore, the money will be coming out of our own pockets. We plan to purchase groceries together and then split the cost amongst the three of us. Asian groceries are generally on the cheaper side, so it should not be a problem.

Timeline/Work Plan

November ●      acquire a camera

●      create YouTube channel

●      finish draft proposal

●      contact partnerships

December ●      research on diet substitutions

●      make recipes

January ●      Upload introduction video & recipe #1

●      Create/promote flyers to advertise workshop and youtube channel

February ●      Recipe #2 and #3

●      Plan/Organize workshop

March ●      Recipe #4 and #5

●      Hold first workshop (if possible)

April ●      Recipe #6 and #7
May ●      Recipe #8 and #9
  • written portion of the project, experience in diabetic family members, participate in cooking, reach out to Asian American classes & Asian Youth Services Committee
  • knowledge on Vietnamese cultures, experience in diabetic family members, video recorder, reach out to health center & Highland Hospital
  • knowledge on Asian (Chinese, Japanese) cultures, participate in cooking, reach out to health center

*All three of us will be editing the videos along with presenting at the workshop

Conclusions

In general, the growing perceptions about the impacts of dietary systems on people’s health inhibit growth and quest for improved health needs. As much as majority of the Asian population believe that people can eat any type of food and still keep their weight down, it might become difficult for a person to engage in healthy eating habits if such a perception exists (Hall, Lesley ML, et al).  The rising health challenges create opportunity for the government to intervene by providing proper training to the Asian population on healthy lifestyles and better feeding habits. Based on the discussions and major findings presented here (Hall, Lesley ML, et al), the article acts as an approach towards enlightening the entire population of Asia on health issues and a recommendation to the respective congresspersons to intervene into health operations through efficient and sufficient allocation programs.

 

 

 

 

 

References

Hall, Lesley ML, et al. “Fat oxidation, fitness and skeletal muscle expression of oxidative/lipid metabolism genes in South Asians: implications for insulin resistance?” PLoS One 5.12 (2010): e14197.

Shaw, PK Chandie, et al. “Increased end-stage diabetic nephropathy in Indo-Asian immigrants living in the Netherlands.” Diabetologia 45.3 (2002): 337-341.

Shaw, Prataap K. Chandie, et al. “South-Asian type 2 diabetic patients have higher incidence and faster progression of renal disease compared with Dutch-European diabetic patients.” Diabetes Care 29.6 (2006): 1383-1385.