Applied Conflict Resolution Frameworks in the Nigerian Healthcare Ledership Space

Applied Conflict Resolution Frameworks in the Nigerian Healthcare Ledership Space

2018 DSRF Award Winner Sabriyya Pate  

is a senior at Duke University where she studies Conflict and Negotiation Studies through an individualized academic course of study (Program II).  Her self-designed curriculum draws upon history, law, ethics, and human cognition to understand the individual, interpersonal, intergroup, and international dimensions of conflict. Sabriyya received the Dean's Summer Research Fellowship to pursue a research project titled, "Applied Conflict Resolution Frameworks in the Nigerian Healthcare Ledership Space." Doctors, village health workers, and government bureaucrats often conflict in the Nigerian health space, creating prolonged strikes that often leave millions of Nigerians without healthcare access whenever hospitals and clinics shut down. This is a result of unhealthy rivalries and inadequate organizational management and capacity building across the health ecosystem, among other factors. Working at the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA), which trains African healthcare leaders to improve managerial competencies, Sabriyya's research focused on designing and introducing collateral on conflict resolution into the HLA  curricula.

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Receiving the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship allowed me to translate what has been years of theoretical study on conflict into practice as I examined the healthcare challenges affecting Nigeria and learned a lot about leadership and teaching practices. Many thanks to Dean Rachael Murphey-Brown and my project sponsor Professor Bob Korstad!