HealthStream recently published its annual white paper detailing the top ten trends healthcare leaders can expect in the coming year. The paper was authored by Robin Rose, MHA, Thought Leadership Consultant. This blog will focus on two of the ten trends discussed in the paper, while additional trends were covered in earlier blogs.
COVID-19 was and is the driver of a great deal of change in healthcare, but not all the trends are a result of the pandemic. The impact of climate change on our environment is becoming clear as is its impact on human health. In addition, Generation Z will be entering the workforce. So, what should we know about these trends?
The impact of rising temperatures on the environment has been in the news a great deal – extreme weather events and poor air quality making the headlines as temperatures rise. However, the impact of climate change goes beyond severe and unpredictable weather. The weather can impact food security, stability of housing, security of employment, and more according to Deloitte.
Rose cited the 2022 heat wave that gripped the West coast of the United States as an example of the impact of climate change on human health. Despite the life-saving efforts of hospitals and healthcare providers, the heat wave resulted in 1,000 excess deaths. The incidence of severe weather-related health emergences is likely to increase as extreme climate events increase.
Rising temperatures will also have public health implications beyond the social and cultural changes they bring. The National Center for Environmental Health have identified some of the consequences to human health in the graphic below.
Generational differences have been the topic of numerous discussions, articles, and debates and much of the recent attention has been on Millennials and their entrance into the workforce; however, Generation Z is now in the spotlight.
Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z comprises the largest generation on earth, accounting for 32% (2.47 billion) of the 7.7 billion people on earth. They are also referred to as “Zoomers” and the “iGeneration.”
As the oldest of the Generation Z cohort begins to enter the workforce, it is important for healthcare leaders to understand the unique characteristics and qualities of this group.
In addition to their demographic differences, Generation Z has some other unique attributes that will need to be well understood by healthcare leaders as this cohort enters the workforce.
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