Promoting Health and Wellness in the Community

Updated: Sep 6, 2018

Healthcare NGO's play a vital role in caring for the people in their communities. Dispensing the right medication and educating patients about their medications is essential, of course, but just as crucial are the service pharmacists can provide to promote health and wellness.


Why Are Educational and Community-Based Programs Important?

Educational and community-based programs and strategies played an important role in reaching global health objectives. Over the next several years, providers will continue to contribute to the improvement of health outcomes in the India.


Educational and community-based programs and strategies are designed to reach people outside of traditional health care settings. These settings may include:

  • Schools

  • Worksites

  • Health care facilities

  • Communities


Making changes within existing systems, such as improving school health programs and policies, can effectively improve the health of many in the community.

Using nontraditional settings can help encourage informal information sharing within communities through peer social interaction. Reaching out to people in different settings also allows for greater tailoring of health information and education.


Educational and community-based programs encourage and enhance health and wellness by educating communities on topics such as:

  • Chronic diseases

  • Injury and violence prevention

  • Mental illness/behavioral health

  • Unintended pregnancy

  • Oral health

  • Tobacco use

  • Substance abuse

  • Nutrition 

  • Physical activity

  • Obesity prevention

Understanding Educational and Community-Based Programs

Health and quality of life rely on many community systems and factors, not simply on a well-functioning health and medical care system. Making changes within existing systems, such as improving school health programs and policies, can effectively improve the health of many in the community.


For a community to improve its health, its members must often change aspects of the physical, social, organizational, and even political environments in order to eliminate or reduce factors that contribute to health problems or to introduce new elements that promote better health. Changes might include:

  • Instituting new programs, policies, and practices

  • Changing aspects of the physical or organizational infrastructure

  • Changing community attitudes, beliefs, or social norms

Realizing the vision of healthy people in healthy communities is possible only if the community, in its full cultural, social, and economic diversity, is an authentic partner in changing the conditions for health.