In addition, it also has more than 3,000 grantees. The HRSAs programs are meant to provide health care to individuals who are economically (uninsured) or medically vulnerable, or geographically isolated. The medically vulnerable individuals include those who need “high quality primary health care”, mothers and their families, pregnant women, and those living with HIV/AIDS. The HRSA supports the training of health care professionals and oversees their distribution to areas in need. It also oversees improvements in health care delivery as a whole, along with several medical donations such as: organ, cord blood, and bone marrow donations. In addition, the HRSA deals with compensation as a result of a harmful vaccination and “maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and
Integrated healthcare is key to eliminating mental and physical health disparities by addressing the needs of people based on their differences in their race, socio-economic status, and culture. An integrated healthcare organization is competent of responding to a community with challenges of long standing health disparities. Healthcare professionals in an integrated system are cross-trained in both physical and behavioral health to handle the challenges of mental and physical health disparities. It improves the quality of care of the population by lowering costs, enhancing patient access, and improving the life of both individuals and families. The con of addressing the long standing health disparity is managing the care of patients and
For HCA, to avoid future disparities offering lower prices to existing patients and new patients, who could not afford the services, is a good initiative to not lose patients and therefore not lose profit. Another way to help with the disparities is to set up clinic services to patients who are not able to afford medical assistance at the same time this clinic can provide education to patients on how to better their health and lifestyles. If an organization treats and helps guide a patient he/she will continue to come back to get treated or educated. With this, it will help the organization target disparities, help the community while still making a profit because it retained their
Health care disparities are unfortunate and being culturally competent is an essential step toward eliminating these inequalities. In this discussion, I will review what disparities are associated with the Appalachian culture and how they affect health status, employment, and education. I will also identify two nursing interventions that could be taken to help decrease the affect that health disparities have on the Appalachians and review what the biggest challenge would be when implementing the interventions.
The current healthcare reform movement is calling for health institutions to evaluate and redesign the historical approach to healthcare in order to reduce costs and improve outcomes for the population. Unfortunately, “the health sector itself has little or no direct control over most of the underlying conditions required for health” (Braveman & Gruskin, 2003, p. 541). These underlying conditions can best be described as the social determinants of health (SDH) defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work [and] age,”. The Ottawa Charter (1986) further defined the prerequisites for health a bit more clearly as peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable
The first thing I would do to reduce health disparities among communities and improve the weight of the nation would be to focus on the most health risk community. With data acquired from the greatest risk population, new policies and programs can be created to reduce health disparities. Specifically, promoting health like exercise and eating healthy foods to reduce obesity through media, radio, and the internet will target everyone in the community. Moreover, free nutrition class and exercise programs can be implemented for those who have a lower socioeconomic status. Lastly, it will be important to help reduce the costs of healthy foods so individuals don’t buy cheap fast-foods. This can be promoted through advertisement of the farmers market,
Martin Luther King, who was a social justice and equality fighter, fought for minorities against inequality, defined as lack of fair treatment in the sharing of wealth or opportunities; once he said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane" (1966), he became an American hero since he fought for social justice, he influenced a generation to rise up and fight against inequality, when the easier choice would have been to just give up. Sadly, this fight against inequality isn’t over, inequality in health care can be found in two main areas, the first is disparities in care, including access to hospitals, doctors, skilled professionals, medical technology, essential medicine, and proper procedures,
This essay aims to identify and evaluate the inequalities in health care in different areas of society, namely disability and gender. Firstly, it is important to understand what we mean by health inequalities. It is commonly understood that health inequality refers to unjust differences in the health status, usually preventable, between different groups, populations or individuals. The existence of such inequalities is attributed to the unequal distributions of social, environmental and economic conditions within societies. Such conditions determine the risk of individuals getting ill, their ability to prevent sickness, as well as opportunities to access to the right treatments. (Black, 2013)
Over the past eights weeks, I have learned many great things about health systems. What I’ve learned is that one of the most visible functions of any health system is health services. Health services are considered most visible to health systems because they cover a large amount of responsibilities and duties that are delivered to individuals of the public, which may include diagnosing patients, providing treatments of diseases to patients, promotion, and maintenance and restoration of patients’ health. I also learned that when these particular duties or responsibilities are carried out by health care professionals, there are also some legal rights of individuals that should be followed and respected by patients as health care
Equity is an important policy objective in almost every health care system. However, what is actually meant by equity might well differ across countries. The precise meaning and importance of it will depend on factors such as cultural beliefs and attitudes (Morris, Devlin, Parkin, p. 205, 2007).
Eight years ago, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched PlaNYC, an ambitious sustainability plan to create a greener, greater New York for its growing population 2030. As mentioned before, PlaNYC contained 127 initiatives to improve New York City’s physical infrastructure, environment, quality of life, and economy ( PlaNYC progress report 2011). The PlaNYC is an interesting case study of sustainability leadership because the plan is active and dynamic. By this I mean, unlike some local governments, New York City plan was not developed and kept on the shelve. Put differently, New York City has put its Sustainability Plan into action in order to achieve its vision - Greater and Greener New York for everyone. Each
In this essay, I am going to discuss how one’s health conditions are determined by social factors such as gender roles and economic positions. I would like to discuss the definition of health at the beginning. Then, I would go on to discuss about how the gender role of a person will affect the health condition. I would examine how the economic positions of individuals are related to health. At the end, I would suggest some possible methods to tackle the issue of health inequality.
Healthcare is an essential factor regardless the country. A significant part of a country’s resources are allocated for healthcare. Healthcare is one of the top three financial concerns. The average percentage of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on healthcare has grown from 10.1 in 2011 to 10.2 in 2012, while the highest percentile hit 10.7 in 2009. Despite the dip, an increase is seen in recent years (Health expenditure, total). Taxes, insurance and costs will increase with the rise of national healthcare expenditure (Cohn). Consequently, the income gap between the rich and poor becomes wider, causing inequality. According to a survey conducted by Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the unaffordability of healthcare
Health equity has become an increasingly popular research topic during the past 25 years. The increased popularity as a research topic reflects that a growth of interest in health equity on the part of policy makers, donors, non-government organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders. Hundreds of published papers on the health equity have uncovered that many countries in the world have been implementing the reforms of the healthcare systems, in ways which are management systems of the healthcare are being improved and modernized financially and technically. The main aim of the reforms in most low and developing countries is to provide universal health coverage to the citizens. The universal health coverage (UHC) refers to securing the