Proven Methods to Achieve Preventive Health Funding Through the National Diabetes Strategy
This month’s Budget contained a lot of money for preventive health funding. However it also included many of the same programs that have been in place for several years now under the Federal Family Health Plan (FHP). In fact some of the programs may have been added to the original bill. For example there is a $639 million block grant that will be available to promote wellness programs.
The wellness programs include immunization, screening and treatment services, and national nutrition programs. According to the budget plan, this spending should be focused primarily on implementation of the National Preventive Health Strategy, which includes through: Providing information on the benefits of purchasing health insurance, promoting the purchase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and increasing access to preventive, primary care. Also part of the strategy is increasing access to quality health care by improving quality indicators of traditional public health agencies. This is accomplished by increasing the number and variety of services and product that are offered. An example of this would be the implementation of improved measurement of preventable diseases.
Another focus of the national preventive health strategy is promoting community preventive health activities. One example is the creation of partnerships between local educational health organizations and other community agencies, like churches, labor unions, and local government entities. The idea is to provide high quality primary care by promoting healthy diets, weight loss, regular physical activity, and tobacco and sugary-sweetened beverages (e.g., high fructose corn syrup, rapes, juices, and candy) restrictions. This would also involve encouraging parents to teach their children proper nutrition and exercise habits. In addition, community organizations and schools would work to create nutritious eating options and nutritional programs for kids with special needs and for the entire family.
Other strategies in the national preventive health strategy relate to the ways by which the public expresses its concern about health issues. Community-based campaigns are a critical aspect of this strategy. There are four elements to the success of such an endeavor. The first element is the development of effective communication and information dissemination. The second is the creation of a comprehensive plan and campaign strategy. The third element is the determination of the social determinants of health, especially considering the role of diet and lifestyle.
The fourth element is education about wellness and the ways by which people gain better knowledge and information about their own health and the ways by which they can contribute to the improvement of the wellbeing of society. Health Educations and Healthy Living Programs are essential elements of public health education and promotion. The ultimate goal of a healthy and productive workforce is the healthy economy. Public health education and promotion seek to ensure the economic benefits of investing in a quality public health workforce.
There are two components to achieving the goals of this strategy. The first component is the development of a national digital health workforce training program. The second is the provision of technical expertise, training and support to the rural workforce. A national digital health workforce training program supports the overall goals of this strategy by equipping the rural population with the necessary information, skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver high quality care at reasonable costs to the national level.
In order to achieve the goals of the national digital health workforce training program, there are four key strategies. First, rural health services need to be developed so that all the rural population will have access to them. Second, screening for diseases such as diabetes and hypertension need to be improved in rural communities. Third, treatment for common illnesses need to be improved in rural communities. And finally, guidelines for healthy living need to be disseminated to rural communities.
The other key strategy in the strategy is the creation of five percent area based health improvement centers (AHGC). These centers would offer primary health care, preventive care, hospitalization, hospice care and prescription medication services to the five percent of the population that lives in poverty-line area and above. AHGCs provide for the basic needs of the poor through the establishment of primary health care, diagnosis, preventive care and rehabilitation services. The five percent rural area people constitute the lowest-income group. The success of the overall strategy of promoting good health and wellbeing hinges on the efforts of the rural population to access these facilities.