National Health Care Organizations: Definition & Types

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 national health care organizations hard at work to ensure the health and well-being of people in the United States. In this lesson, we will learn more about some of these organizations.

National Health Care Organizations

Plans for pandemic outbreaks of diseases. National disaster and severe weather emergency preparedness plans. Regulations to protect patient rights. Treatments for rare diseases. These are just a few things that we take for granted or maybe never even think about. But there are several national health care organizations hard at work developing these plans as well as many others.

The list of examples could go on and on. It is quite inspiring to consider there are many organizations that are focused on improving the health and well-being of the people in our country. Currently, an opioid crisis has been identified in our country with astounding numbers of deaths and addictions to opioid drugs. Many organizations are involved in addressing this crisis to improve the threat to the health of Americans. Let's learn about some of these organizations now.

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control, commonly referred to as the CDC, is a pretty well-known national organization. If you work in the healthcare setting, you have probably heard of the CDC. You have likely even referenced its website for information.

The mission of the CDC is to protect Americans from threats to their health, safety, or security. It identifies and responds to new threats such as a flu outbreak. The CDC tries to solve health problems that are causing deaths and disabilities and keeps statistics to be aware of the health of the nation.

The CDC has developed guidelines to protect healthcare workers from diseases as well as to help prevent transmitting diseases to other patients. This is done through universal precautions and isolation precautions and involves the use of personal protective equipment when caring for patients. These are important measures to help prevent the spread of disease. You can find specific details for these steps on the CDC website, as well as information on outbreaks, and emergency preparedness plans.

National Institute of Health

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is the nation's medical research agency. It conducts scientific studies with the goal of helping people live longer and healthier lives.

The NIH has helped lead the effort to eradicate the main cause of childhood bacterial meningitis, is researching hibernating squirrels to find treatment for brain damage caused by stroke, and researched how air pollution and obesity affect pregnancy and the developing fetus.

The NIH website even provides resources in case you want to participate in medical research!

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is another national organization that is watching out for the well-being of Americans. The DHHS addresses all types of current health and human services issues and places laws and regulations into effect to enforce public policy.

For example, HIPAA was enacted to protect the privacy of your health records. The DHHS has also developed regulations to protect human subjects in medical research in case you were thinking about taking part in an NIH study!

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