Health is nothing but a condition of the body wherein disease and infirmity are completely absent. It is an indivisible concept of the concept’s health, body and mind that renders the entire body and mind fit and healthy to the extreme. There are many kinds of health. However, it has been observed that people concentrate only on a small number of health-related subjects like diet, exercise and so forth. And health is the most neglected subject among these.
The need for health promotion is ever-increasing as time goes by. In fact, today the need for healthy behaviors and a healthy lifestyle have never been more essential. This implies that a change in lifestyle and the adoption of certain healthy behaviors and practices would significantly contribute to the control and defeat of chronic diseases and other life threatening conditions. The major areas of health promotion are through proper diet and nutrition, regular exercise, stress management, weight control, daily blood sugar monitoring, regular medical check-ups, regular monitoring of the digestive system and so on. These are considered to be the basic health promotion subjects.
But what happens when we take all health subjects into consideration? How can we make health care more effective? What are the possible barriers that affect the implementation of these subjects? What are the environmental factors that can and do affect our health system? Let us now try to tackle some of these questions.
Health Disparities: There are many pockets of disparity between rich and poor in health status. These health disparities can arise due to many reasons. One reason is economic development. Another is culture and demographics, and the third is social divisions. These three factors together can create health disparities among individuals who belong to different communities or income groups.
As organizations and an institution, we should not accept health disparities as an excuse for poor health care. We should instead accept the challenge and responsibility to ensure that every person has access to quality care so that no one is left behind due to lack of health services. The only way to achieve this goal is to implement proper prevention programs targeting the key risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyles.
One of the major drivers of health care disparities is social determinants such as poverty, urbanicity, ethnicity, sex, and language. These factors can result in different health outcomes among individuals. For example, those who reside in poverty are more likely to suffer from obesity and other chronic diseases. Those who belong to urban and ethnic backgrounds are less likely to suffer from these diseases and are also at a lesser risk for developing cardiovascular and cancer diseases.
Thus, it is important to identify and target local health care disparities and address them. These could include differences in the use of vitamins and health products, breastfeeding, diabetes management, exercise, blood pressure, and immunization programs and so on. In addition, health care providers should be aware of cultural differences and address these as well. Prevention programs could be targeted at the population at greatest risk and address these health disparities.
The health care system needs to have a social impact, encouraging healthy behaviors and practices while discouraging unhealthy ones. By addressing the key drivers of health care disparities, health professionals can focus on prevention rather than responding to health problems when they occur. By focusing on prevention, you can prevent health care gaps, avoid health issues, and improve quality of life. In doing so, you can realize the benefits of your decisions sooner.
Poor health can not only lead to death, but poor health can also lead to poverty. Because health care needs are not evenly distributed, people who suffer from health care shortages and disabilities are often left without the health insurance coverage that would ensure their survival. In many cases, health care professionals are too busy to provide the health insurance coverage that would let people see a doctor when needed and allow them to make timely payment for their health-care services. Without health insurance coverage, health care expenses can be overwhelming, leaving people with few options and increasing the risk of living in poverty.
The lack of health insurance coverage can also result in differential access to health care and mental health services. Many people suffer from the discrimination that comes along with poor health and are unable to afford the health services that they need. When people suffering from health problems cannot afford health insurance coverage, they often turn to informal sources of health care or live without proper mental health services.
Health, disability, and social determinants can have a devastating effect on the health, safety, and quality of life of all Americans. Without effective policies that address health disparities, the health, safety, and quality of life of all Americans will be at risk. This is an issue that must be addressed by policy makers and advocates in all areas of the country.