The saying “it takes a village” is especially true when it comes to the overall health of the community you live in! If the last couple of years has taught us anything, it is that our community’s health is the sum of many parts. That means if each individual or family does their part, the overall health of the community they live in can thrive. Let HPFY explain how and why your role in your community’s health is crucial.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the question on everyone’s mind is, "how do we prepare for the next health emergency?" That’s a great question! A healthy community is one in which all groups work towards preventing disease, and making sure healthy living options are available.
This pandemic has taught us that it is critical for a community to be prepared in order to overcome any health emergency. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) uses a term called Community Health to describe the state of health and how easy/difficult it is to be healthy where people live, learn, work, and play. This includes:
It takes working at the community level from all community residents involved to prevent infectious or contagious viruses (such as COVID-19.) It is at the grassroots level that the largest benefit for the greatest number of people exists. We should be pressuring our local leaders to ensure each community has access to these items so we can be prepared for the next medical/health crisis.
You may be asking, but I am just one person, how can my actions make a difference? The key is to have as many individuals as possible make the right decisions to help the overall community.
If you think of your community as a team, each player has a role in achieving victory. If everyone does not do their job, there is a breakdown in the team’s performance. Everything from exercising to eating right to having your proper vaccinations can help your community’s overall health.
The key to a healthy community during any health emergency, pandemic or endemic, is being fully prepared beforehand. Talk to your doctor to fully understand your own health and how being vaccinated can help keep your community safe and ready to face potential health crises head on.
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