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How Non-Profit Businesses Can Improve the Health of Our Communities
(Monday, 10 July 2017) Written by greeniac85004

Non-profit businesses and degrees in public administration with an emphasis on non-profit administration are becoming more prevalent in larger communities. The National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that there are currently 1,571,056 tax-exempt organizations operating throughout the U.S. In 2014, non-profit share made up 5.3% of the national GDP. Non-profit businesses range in scope and size from soup kitchens to community hospitals. Regardless of their size, non-profit businesses can work to improve community health standards in many important ways and will need to keep coming up with new and innovative methods to deal with health concerns as health care coverage changes on a national level.

Where Health Care Is Heading

Health care in America is being impacted both by political changes as well as the challenges the Baby Boomer generation poses to health care. According to information compiled by Adventist University, 73% of Baby Boomers have a chronic condition. They are more likely than their parents to be obese and have diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Right now, about 55 million Americans are currently enrolled in Medicare, and there will be an estimated 81.7 million enrolled by 2030. Federal funding for Medicare and Medicaid is already undergoing significant changes, and many Baby Boomers and younger people with chronic conditions worry about how their access to health care is already being impacted.

Creating Sustainable Solutions to Community Health Concerns

This is where non-profit businesses can step in and why degrees in Public Administration with an emphasis on non-profit business are becoming popular in major cities. While it will be difficult to get changes for the better enacted at the federal level, at the local level, community health concerns can be assessed and addressed by non-profits. Right now, about 60% of community hospitals are non-profits, and there are other community health businesses that are also run as non-profits, such as home health care and adult foster care agencies.
The non-profit sector is, at this point, our best hope for improving community health care access. Non-profit organizations are accountable to the communities they serve and rely on their communities for funding. Non-profits are often willing to partner with other organizations within the community to offer access to resources that citizens in the community might otherwise have trouble accessing. Also, non-profit health care businesses tend to create some of the top-rated health care plans and programs in which money is actually spent more on health care services than it is for paying administrative costs.

Accessibility to Health Resources

Non-profit businesses are usually small and locally-run, so administrators are better able and more willing to identify the specific needs of their target consumers. For example, since more racially and ethnically diverse communities in lower-income areas tend to have less access to healthy foods, a local non-profit healthy food business could better identify and meet the needs of its community members than a larger, nationwide, for-profit corporation.
In fact, if you live in a big city or on the outskirts of one, you probably have at least a few non-profit businesses that are geared toward improving community health care and access to health education. These non-profits dedicate their time and resources to connecting citizens like yourself with health care providers, plans, and other types of community-wide support.
The key to improving community health lies in the ability of local non-profits to assess and address health care concerns and needs. Being able to gather sufficient data from local community research institutes and listening to the comments and concerns made by the people living in the community can lead to better community health in the years to come. Even if you do not run or work for a non-profit, you can still support them by donating or volunteering your time and skills to help them meet community health needs.

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