An Introduction To Health And Wellness Promotion
Health, according to the World Health Organization, has been defined as “the state of full physical, emotional and social well being and not just the absence of sickness and infirmity”. Different definitions have been applied to health throughout time. While some use the dictionary, others view it as a state of mind. However, there is a lot of difference between the two.
Health, as it relates to public health, has been viewed from many different perspectives. At its most basic level, health is regarded as a means of life. It is viewed as a state where individuals survive and the society as a whole succeeds. According to this perspective, health promotion is the way of making the society as a whole healthy. In this framework, public health is a social determinant. This means that we cannot rely solely on medical science for health promotion.
The fact that science has been an important part of determining the condition of individuals over the years is borne out by the experiences of people. Although the social determinants of health are now becoming more visible, we still tend to see health promotion primarily in terms of medical science. For example, there are discussions about how social inequities are impacting the treatment of certain diseases, but very seldom we have discussions about what are the causes of these social determinants. This gap in understanding allows for room for practices that are not necessarily considered as social determinants, but that can have important effects on the health of individuals and the societies in which they live.
There are numerous discussions about the ways in which health care disparities are impacting the quality of life in the United States and throughout the world. However, very few discussions take into account the ways in which social determinants, such as race and gender, affect the quality of life. This is a significant issue because the ways in which these determinants affect health and the quality of life are closely intertwined. If we fail to address the ways in which social determinants impact health and the quality of life, then we run the risk of undoing the gains made towards better health through better prevention and early diagnosis. In addition, if we fail to address these factors, then we run the risk of health equity becoming a concept that no longer recognizes the significant role that race and gender play in our overall health picture.
Communities throughout the country are taking measures to address health equity. One of the ways that communities are addressing health equity is through a program known as CMS program or Community Care Based Nursing Retirement Benefits (CCTB). The stated goal of CMS is to promote care consistency through long-term and coordinated care. The program focuses on providing quality patient care, coordinated primary and specialty care, and other necessary services. Through CMS, eligible persons will be able to access benefits through state-funded Medicaid programs for qualified adults, disabled individuals, and their children, as well as through the Medicare and Medigap programs for seniors, disabled children, and their parents.
Community-based nursing services are available to address health care needs of those in need. By providing coordinated primary and specialty care as well as nursing care, CMS helps to reduce the gap between the poor health status of the general population as well as the high health care needs of those with disabilities or limited ability to care for themselves. In the past, communities have tended to treat health care needs through “crisis rooms,” receiving an influx of patients, treating cases as quickly as possible and moving patients out of the way of the crowd as quickly as possible in order to set up treatment. However, in an age of specialization, many people seek the care of their physicians privately. By encouraging patient-physician interactions, CMS helps to correct the longstanding problem of health care disparities in the United States.
Health Equity in America is a term used to describe differences in the health of those living in various communities. Health equity refers to differences in quality of life, severity of health conditions, and access to health care. Health disparity is the difference between how much a typical person, family, or group of people in a community is able to spend on health and medical services as compared to other people who live in the same community. The term was first used by the WHO in the World Health Organization’s universal declaration on health and medical interventions. Health equity has a lot to do with the quality of life. In order to see if health disparity exists, a series of statistical analysis is done on different groups of individuals within the community.
Health promotion and disease prevention are critical elements of healthy living. Healthy diet, exercise, and a greater focus on physical activity can go a long way towards promoting overall health and wellness. Health promotion and disease prevention education should be considered a part of all community development programs. It can provide an important link between population growth and the improved health of all Americans.