Communicating with external stakeholders in the healthcare industry is a necessity because many times the program or service cannot be successful without their support. A healthcare organization’s stakeholders include individuals, groups, or organizations outside the agency that have a stake in the decisions or actions taken by that particular healthcare organization.

Using the readings for this week, respond to the following:

Who are the major stakeholders in the US healthcare industry?
Which group among the stakeholders is the most influential when trying to establish a hospital-based prevention program, for example, a diabetes prevention program? Give reasons to support your answer.
How would you conduct a stakeholder analysis to encourage collaboration and successful outcomes for the program?

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