On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization was established to handle all health affairs within the United States. Over the years this organization spread to other countries with the mission of promoting good health practices, and supplies and serving the most vulnerable populations across the globe.
April 7th marks the anniversary of the founding and expansion of the World Health Organization. In addition to recognizing 75 years of service across the globe, it’s a great day to recognize a specific health topic each country or community wants to focus on. For health and disability advocates, World Health Day is a great time to have conversations about conditions or diseases that affect their communities.
The Impact You Can Make
While it might be challenging to bring up local health topic concerns to an international organization, there is plenty you can do by reaching out to your local government.
1. Recognize Health Successes In Your Area –
a. Perhaps there was a marketing campaign for flu shots or a 5K to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis that had a great impact on your community. Take some time to recognize and compliment your local government for the efforts they’ve made for the sake of public health.
b. By letting them know what you thought was successful, they will be more likely to make greater efforts to promote specific campaigns or health topics in the future.
2. Ask Them To Promote A Health Condition You Care About –
a. In addition to complimenting your local health department on what works well, you can and should also offer suggestions about what to promote next. Most chronic health conditions and disabilities have national organizations that provide fundraising and marketing tools for local governments to use.
b. If you’re looking to raise awareness for a health condition that means a lot to you, see what resources are available through a national organization and ask for your local government to organize something with those resources.
3. Donate & Volunteer –
a. There is plenty you can do outside of asking your local government to raise awareness. You can donate directly to national organizations and nonprofits related to medical research for specific health conditions. If you prefer to take action, see how you can help local members of your community by
i. Offering rides to medical appointments
ii. Volunteering for organizations that provide food or health care for little to no cost
iii. Offering emotional support to loved ones suffering from a chronic illness
b. It might not seem like you’re doing much, but to someone suffering from a chronic health condition or disability, assistance through these means can offer significant physical and emotional relief.
Your Advocates In Disability Law
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