WHAT COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR HEALTH
- Wellness screenings
- Mental health services
- Addiction services
- Domestic violence protection
The physical and mental health of ourselves and those we love trumps everything. But health is also matters to the society as a whole. We spend almost a fifth of GDP on health care. The public sector has huge burdens and responsibilities related to health. Chronic disease and illness, left untreated, have significant and compounding negative impacts of the entire society.
The chain reaction of illness and chronic disease
When someone becomes ill and can’t go to work, a chain-reaction of negative events can occur. Entire family structures and routines can be uprooted by the health problems of just one member of the household.
Human services is on the front line of healthcare access
“Creating a culture of health in the United States requires a commitment to prevention. Preventing disease and injury is the most cost-effective, common-sense way to improve health; despite this fact, for every dollar spent on health care in the United States today, only about four cents goes towards public health and prevention. A variety of recent reports and studies show that strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs save lives and money.”
–Robert Wood Johnson Foundation