Community is the social capital around us. People who live in our neighborhoods attend schools and benefit from other social amenities. Community health is the general welfare of all those around us. In addition to sharing living spaces or neighborhoods, these communities often share social-economic characteristics. Community health is, therefore, the mix of economics, healthcare, and social welfare.
Robust community health requires community members to take collective responsibility in addressing the challenges that face the whole community. It lends itself to the improved lifestyles of its people. The health of a community can have far-reaching effects on community growth. With good health, residents result in seeking better jobs and improved incomes from businesses. In turn, this results in better schools for their children and better housing for all.
Communities that are keen on share responsibility elevate the status of all people. It has the potential to reduce inequalities among residents. Further, it narrows down the health gaps caused by differences in race and ethnicity. Lack of focus on community health initiatives can lead to negative gains in health. For instance, without proper nutrition, high cases of obesity will be reported due to the limited number of groceries.
A proper community plan should first seek to lower the cost of healthcare in its entirety. Health disparities in rural and lower-income communities persist due to staffing issues. To achieve reduced healthcare spend, staffing community hospitals with the right mix of mental, dental, and primary caregivers provide an avenue for regular check-ups. Offering primary care services to community members in a patient-centered approach creates more sustainable results in lowering healthcare costs.
Enacting public health initiatives geared at combating vices such as drug and substance abuse ensures that community members who cannot secure incomes for their rehab are cared for by the state. Community health centers are forefront in fighting opioid use and the spread of HIV in the US. The traditional community healthcare model allows public health practitioners to treat and care for those in need.
Public outreach programs, including direct medicare initiatives, promote information access to those in need. The demand for healthcare gives room for mobile clinics that offer disease prevention packages in schools, community centers, and rehabilitation centers.