Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HSC/212 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the United States as well as overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through strong partnership, provide reliable and credible information to help enhance the promotion of health and assist health professionals in making the correct health decisions for patients. The center is also nationally known for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities constructed to
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Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings Outcome 1: Understand requirements for handling information in health and social care settings 1.1 Within my role I must comply with legislations and code of conducts relating to handling information. My organisation is registered under The Data protection Act 1998. This Act is a key piece of legislation that ensures people's rights regarding the confidentiality of their personal information. It highlights 8 principles that define good practice when handling an individual’s personal data. Breaching these principles can lead to legal implications.
It helps to meet both quality and cost effective measures by patients. (Leatherman, 2013) United health care effectively communicates the performance results and feedback to the customers that provides the detailed process of decision making abilities. United Health care provides the important guidelines of preventing health issues at an initial stage which is important in healthy life style. It helps to make the patients healthy. United health group is committed to offer a wide range of health insurance plans and other benefits.
Policies sometimes have a variety of agendas they aim to address. They link in with each other. For example, all current policies should aim to Promote the involvement of service users in planning. Respond to human rights and equality legislation. Acknowledge the health and social services agenda.
In order to improve the nation’s health and end the disproportion in health care to vulnerable populations, the social determinants of health must be addressed foremost in order to achieve an understanding of the issues that are affecting so many Americans and what must be done in the fight toward equality in the U.S. health care delivery system. All of the social factors are a part of a cycle, one affecting the other. Elements of each social factor influence the others in a specific way. These social factors mainly affect the underserved populations of racial and ethnic minorities, women and children, rural residents, the uninsured, homeless peoples, mental health patients, patients with chronic illness or disabilities, and HIV/AIDs patients. In the U.S., social factors are associated with lower overall health care usage and access (Shi & Singh, 2010).
Elimination of health disparities must be placed at the forefront of the country’s health priorities. Numerous governmental and accrediting bodies, such as The Joint Commission and URAC, recognize that cultural competence is essential for improving patients’ health status, providing access to appropriate health care, and for eliminating disparities in health care delivery regardless of a patient’s cultural/ethnic background. In order to provide appropriate health care and ensure that national health care goals for eliminating ethnic/racial disparities in health care are met, providers must be able to provide culturally effective and appropriate health care. The purpose of this Pocket Guide is to increase the awareness of health professionals regarding cultural disparities and to better enable providers to formulate their own plans to overcome cultural and linguistic barriers and provide culturally effective and appropriate, patient-centered health care. “[Cultural competence is] the ability of systems to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors,
According to Shi & Singh (2012), reports showed that 1 in 3 or 87.6 million Americans were uninsured between 2008 and 2009 under the age of 65. This has contributed to the raise in health care costs. In order to reduce costs, the U.S. health care delivery system needs to have a plan in place to ensure that all of America’s population is insured such as the creation of the Obama Care Plan. The term delivery refers to the provision of health care services by various providers (Shi & Singh, 2012). Providers include physicians, hospitals, clinics, private doctor offices, and other entities.
It is a blessing to have needs met by family, friends, church or employment. Some individuals cannot get the support they need to function so they need another avenue to get those needs met. At this point, the Department of Health and Human Services comes in to assist individuals as well as communal entities to conquer obstacles that keep them from getting basic needs met. ”The Department of Health and Human Services is the base of a giant network of departments and programs whose goal is to protect the health of every American and provide necessary assistance and services, particularly those in need or without the essential tools and resources to be self-sufficient” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
On June 10, 2010 the President signed an Executive Order creating the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (HealhCare.gov, 2010). The Council is responsible for a National Prevention Strategy that coordinates leadership at the federal level and among all executive departments and agencies with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion efforts across the government (HealhCare.gov, 2010). According to the Surgeon General of the Council, Dr. Regina Benjamin, the National Prevention Strategy presents visions, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the United States (HealhCare.gov, 2010). Another launch in improving the Nation’s health is a ten year agenda called Healthy People 2020. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from diverse groups of individuals and organizations (HealthyPeople.gov, 2011).