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Community Health Agencies: List & Purpose

Instructor: Justine Fritzel

Justine has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years and has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.

There are many different agencies to support the health and well-being of communities. In this lesson, we will learn more about community health and specific agencies and what they do.

Community Health to the Rescue!

Once upon a time, in a land called the United States of America, towns were developing and the country was growing. But within this great country, there was poverty, poor living conditions, and diseases with lack of access to healthcare.

Until one day, a hero called community health came to the rescue. Community health was focused on improving the health and well-being of those in the community. Through different initiatives, community health strived to provide clean living environments, prevention of the spread of disease, and access to healthcare for all.

Thanks to community health, there are resources for virtually anyone to access these days. Let's learn more about some of the programs next!

National Community Health Programs

There is more than one national community health program. Red Cross is a name and symbol that most people have heard and seen. Red Cross is an organization dedicated to helping people in times of emergencies. When a town is destroyed by a hurricane, a tornado, a fire, or other disaster occurs, the Red Cross deploys volunteers to help them meet their basic needs.

Red Cross also supports blood donations so blood is available for those in need. They help support the needs of those in the military and their families. They also provide community education and certification such as CPR training.

The American Public Health Association is another national organization that is committed to providing optimal living conditions. They address issues such as vaccinations, access to healthcare, and environmental issues.

Planned Parenthood is an organization focused on the sexual health of people. They help with reproductive choices such as birth control, abortion, and pregnancy. They educate on sex and help with sexually transmitted infections as well as other topics. They also provide cancer screenings.

County Programs

Several community health agencies are more locally driven. County health departments are a vital resource for supporting the health of the community. There are a vast array of services that county health departments provide. They track diseases, births, and deaths. The provide education as well as vaccinations. They address licensing of many important entities in the community such as restaurants and water quality. Through their work, they ensure health standards are met to help support a healthy community.

County social services agencies are another important resource. They provide assistance with food and health insurance. They can help you pay your heating bill and for child care. They also oversee the safety of child and elderly care.

Even at the local schools, there is support. There are many school-based health centers in communities. This is healthcare provided at the school for ease of accessibility and convenience. Just one more resource to provide healthcare to everyone in need.

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