As we get ready to start our next international mission it is important to remember the unequal health care in the United States as well as globally. Entering 2015, our hope is to impact this disparity and continue to build and strengthen the communities we serve. In 2014 this has taken us to California, New York, Tanzania, and beyond. Our commitment to improving our global community has never been stronger, the need never greater.
The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released it’s second report, CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report (CHDIR) in 2013. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has helped many, but there are still many more in need of quality health care. More is needed from all, political advocacy to effect change is critical as we try to educate our leaders on these issues of concern. There are areas of the US that still don’t meet the goals for the healthy people 2010 initiative. Why? Not enough of us are taking responsibility to help improve our communities.
Take the challenge! Advocate for your community, work for change. Make a difference. Here are some resources to get you started:
CDC Healthy Communities Program (HCP) works through local and national partnerships to prevent chronic diseases and reduce health gaps.
Healthy People 2020 launched in December 2010 by the Department of Health and Human Services.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clear Communication Program offers access to information to improve the health literacy of communities.
Have a great year!