An Overview of Health Organizations
Over the years many different health organizations have been created to not only serve those who need medical attention or information, but to research and find cures as well. These agencies vary on the services and procedures that are offered, and range from a local and national level, to the global level. While there are both profit and non-profit organizations, they are all required to follow state, federal, or international laws. Organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS) are active getting many new laws passed, such as requiring insurance companies to cover different cancer screenings that are available.
American Cancer Society
Of all the health organizations in the U.S., the American Cancer Society is one of the most well-known. The ACS has relentlessly been working for over 100 years to save lives, find cures, and raise cancer awareness. All throughout the U.S. you will find events that not only raise awareness, but also raise money to help support their cause and fight cancer.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is also a very active organization that is dedicated to educating diabetics, helping people manage diabetes, and finding a cure for this disease. They also have many national events so funding can be provided for their research and educational programs.
American Health Care Association
While many organizations are dedicated to curing diseases and illnesses, the mission of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) is to provide quality care for the elderly and disabled. They are the largest association in the nation that provides both post- acute and long-term care. This includes over 11,000 profit and non-profit facilities for assisted living, nursing, and the developmentally disabled. This also includes providers of subacute care that assists nearly one million disabled and elderly patients each year.
American Mental Health Foundation
A vital organization that deals with mental health instead of physical health is the American Mental Health Foundation. This foundation has a history of close to 100 years, and is dedicated to researching and the welfare of those who suffer from mental health issues, as well as the challenges the disabled and elderly face. Their current principal research that will be published in 2015 involves studies of early detection with schizophrenia, as well as other later life mental health issues that are among young people who are at risk.
American Public Health Association
The most diverse and largest organization in the world involving public health professionals is the American Public Health Association (APHA). Their focus in public health is to strengthen the profession, provide up to date research, and advocate policies and public health issues. The APHA has been able to be so successful as a result of the passionate and dedicated members and individuals from many foundations and agencies throughout the U.S. While collaborating with many other organizations, they are able to advance the different issues in public health like research in prevention, training workers in public health, and improving overall global health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
With the many organizations concentrating on treating and curing health issues, the goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to identify and prevent diseases from both foreign and domestic from spreading. The threat of diseases spreading is a major concern, and the CDC is dedicated to saving lives by identifying diseases, finding cures, and preventing their spread. This is done through conducting critical research and providing health information that is necessary to protect others.
Department of Mental Health
In each state you can find Departments of Mental Health, which are government agencies of the state. Their duty is to provide access to services and support that are necessary for individuals of all ages to deal with mental health needs. They are responsible for establishing standards and ensuring that effective and competent care is given to promote recovery.
Pan American Health Organization
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the oldest public health agency in the world that is at the international level. By providing not only technical cooperation, but also mobilization partnerships, they are able to improve the quality of life and health to those located in countries in the Americas. The World Health Organization (WHO) also works with PAHO as part of the United Nations. Their main responsibility is to provide leadership involving global health matters, and to shape the research agenda for health.