Community outreach health programs :
Community outreach programs is an important vehicle for reducing the discovery-delivery disconnect by bringing health education and Health screening services directly to community members. Such programs are consistent with the priority areas of Trinity Care Foundation initiatives for reducing health disparities.
Outreach programs are important tools for bringing health education and screening services directly to community members and serve to contribute to reducing health disparities. They assist communities and hospitals to reach mutually beneficial goals that would otherwise not be achievable for promoting accessible and equitable care.
Telemedicine is an alternative to direct health-care provision. It reduces the difficulties of access to health services by providing links between patients at the contact point and the medical expertise, wherever it may be. Several tools have been developed to support more comprehensive care at the point of contact with the patient.
-Medical imaging (eRadiology, eEchography, etc.).
-Diagnosis and treatment support.
Nowadays, information and communication technology (ICT) connects people easily and fast around the world through satellite communication, the Internet, mobile telephones and computers. These tools can be used to deliver health services.
Benefits of outreach services
1. Positive health outputs;
Outreach services can provide closer surveillance of the population, which would improve the continuum of care and make collecting, retrieving and disseminating heath information more efficient and comprehensive. This contributes to disease surveillance and to better health care management. The workload related to disease management can be better shared between front-line workers and backup teams.
2. Increasing access to health specialists in remote areas; Most developing countries lack specialists. This is particularly the case in remote or rural areas, where front-line health centres are very often staffed only with nurses. Outreach strategies can provide specialist visits to underserved populations.
3. Increasing quality of care and confidence in the health system Outreach services can also increase the quality of care provided in remote areas. Sharing experiences on practice and the transfer of technologies and know-how has a positive impact on the quality of care. Increased access to new technologies for diagnosis and treatment will also enhance the quality of care, by improving the reliability of results.
4. Time and cost saving for patients in remote areas Time and cost to access health facilities often constitute a major obstacle to seeking care. It is not uncommon for a
patient to be obliged to allow one full day of travel in order to access a health structure. These indirect costs can be so high as to be catastrophic for the financial stability of a household.
5. Continuing education for health workers It is essential to build and strengthen health workers’ capacities in order for an effective health system to provide quality care. In underserved areas, it is often difficult for health workers to have access to continuing education: schools and training centres are mostly located in attractive
areas, where the potential number of students is higher.
6. Mitigating health professionals’ feelings of isolation Feelings of isolation and loneliness are very common in remote areas, where health workers can be confronted with excessive workloads and have no peers with whom to share views on the difficulties they face. Feeling better at work increases the productivity and motivation of health workers, and helps retain them in remote areas.
To help meet your corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals, Trinity Care Foundation (TCF) can create specific project proposals for your organisation. Partner organisations could fund/support to conduct Outreach Health Programs in Karnataka state, India.
Such projects will make CSR contribution targeted, making them simple to execute as turnkey CSR projects. ‘Promoting healthcare’ is an area identified under schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 that is eligible to receive CSR funding either directly or through an implementing agency that has a track record.
Trinity Care Foundation has been actively supporting critical community health since 2007, hence meets these requirements. Get in touch now and make Trinity Care Foundation your partner for promoting healthcare.
For execution of the Project for underprivileged communities, please get in touch with Mr. Binu Varghese at [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] +91 9880358888 .