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The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education. Whatever their experience with the case method of teaching or with end-of-life care, most instructors will benefit from the extensive teaching notes written for each of the cases.

The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education.

Two potential Ebola patients have just arrived at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Go through this Case and corresponding Role Playing Exercise to make reccomendations for how each stakeholder should interact in this situation.

One of the most feared yet not the least health epidemic in recent history is the Ebola virus. Ebola is transmitted from human to human via blood and saliva.

In the course of a series of investigations into scientific fraud and misconduct involving Nobel laureate David Baltimore and research scientist Thereza Imanishi-Kari, new policies were established in the United States and internationally. The case asks whether Baltimore should resign as president of Rockefeller University. His short tenure had been rocked by controversy over allegations concerning a publication from 1986 in the leading journal, Cell. Although Baltimore himself was never accused of misconduct or data manipulation, investigations into the underlying data led to questions about his role as co-author.

In early December 1991, renowned scientist and Nobel laureate David Baltimore considered his status at Rockefeller University.

New manager scrambles to cope with day-to-day crises while trying to take on new tasks. How does she create organizational capacity in this situation? What should she do when problems persist?

When Denise Fleury left the insurance industry to become head of the Minnesota Office of State Claims in June 1984, she knew the job would be challenging.

This case can be used in a graduate level public management and leadership course to allow students to consider different approaches for Vice Minister Quesada in implementing major organizational change and how he handles the pressures upon him as a person and leader. This case can also be used in a leadership and organizational performance course to evaluate Quesada’s restructuring approach in managing rural health implementation and how to monitor and focus attention. Finally, this case could be used in a management course related to international development in the health sector to analyze the complex environment public manager’s face in implementing sweeping organizational changes in the developing world as well as his tactics for dealing with institutional opposition.

The case narrator is doing research on the health sector in Portobello—an alias for a Central American country—and follows Vice Health Minister Jose Manuel Quesada as he implements several major po

Students gain insight into the subtle and unsubtle mechanics of state health politics and how they affect managed care demonstration projects. Also familiarizes students with fee-for-service provider plans and programs for low-income consumers.

Experimental programs are gaining popularity among state policy makers as a means to innovate in small, protected steps.

This leadership story describes how, with the powerful motivation of community survival, the Black AIDS Institute is raising the participation of African-Americans in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 1999, with HIV/AIDS tearing through the African-American community, Phill Wilson and his colleagues began to identify black stakeholders and offer them strategic ways to respond to the epidemic.

A hospital CEO must lower costs in a regional burn care unit while averting a nurses' strike. Use data on patient acuity classification, scheduling, and skill mixes to devise a strategy that will enhance nurses' long-term job satisfaction.

Managed care contracts have reduced the reimbursement levels for burn care in a regional hospital.

In this role-play exercise, students will decide how to allocate operational funds to implement programs. Programs should be aligned with mission and organizational goals set by the board of a new health oriented nonprofit. Each group has three roles – an Executive Director, a Nutrition Program Director and a Sports Program Director. The Executive Director will seek input from program directors about how to spend money, but makes the final decision about how to allocate funds.

This fictional simulation demonstrates the challenges of developing programs for a nonprofit organization with multiple and sometimes competing demands.

This case is a popular exercise illustrating issues in government/nonprofit contracting. Especially interesting in light of current discussions about contracting out government services.

This role-play exercise raises issues concerning relations between a government agency and a nonprofit contractual service provider.