Important Determinants of Health

As local communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the population and resource availability becomes increasingly important. Accessibility and affordability of healthcare are crucial during these times, as the virus does not discriminate against whom it affects. While the pandemic has caused changes in everyone’s lives, individuals without health insurance, access to transportation, and access to mental health services are a part of the population that is being particularly negatively affected.

To focus on the specific challenges faced by a local community during this pandemic, this blog will focus on the Albany, New York area and its population (1).

Health Insurance

In the U.S., there are over 28 million uninsured individuals (2). It can be incredibly expensive to try and afford basic care without health insurance, and patients without health insurance are limited in the providers they can see and make appointments with. Uninsured people are therefore far less likely to get medical care, which means they are not receiving yearly checkups and don’t have access to preventative measures, such as cancer screenings or blood pressure tests. In many cases, medical care is only sought in emergencies.

While the uninsured rate in New York has decreased in recent years, there are few options for those that are uninsured in Albany. One of these options is Surya Immediate Medical Care– while not currently accepting any ill patients due to the pandemic, the center accepts patients without insurance and allows self-payments. A new visit costs $150, while an established visit costs $100. Charges for additional services like strep tests and x-rays are listed on their website. For dental health, Aspen Dental in Albany is a practice that provides free exams and x-rays on the first visit, without insurance.

Access to Transportation

Being able to make an appointment is one thing, but actually getting to the doctor’s office is another– access to transportation is something that can often prevent patients from receiving the healthcare they need. One of the COVID-19 testing sites in Albany is at SUNY Albany. However, to be tested, individuals need transportation to the testing site and must be in a vehicle when they are being tested. Some resources that provide transportation include UberHealth, Medanswering services for individuals with Medicaid, and CDTA transit for Albany county resident seniors over the age of 60.

More recently, some mobile testing sites have become available and are listed here, which can allow some individuals to have access to testing without needing transportation, depending on where they live.

Mental Health Services

Mental health is an equally large component and contributor to overall health and wellbeing as physical health. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, and other mental health issues as daily lifestyles have changed due to quarantine and social interaction is limited. To try and support individuals at home, some hotlines have become available 24/7 or throughout the week to provide help. A COVID-19 support line is available at (518) 269-6634, from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Additional hotlines and mental health resources in Albany are listed here.

While the Albany area has begun to respond to changes in healthcare availability and accessibility due to the pandemic, there are still some areas that can be improved upon, such as increased access to basic care and preventative services for people who are uninsured. Additionally, access to health insurance, transportation, and mental health services are only a few of the determinants of health and wellbeing– what do you think your local community can improve upon when it comes to the health of its population?

165,770 thoughts on “Important Determinants of Health

  1. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly that love and read more on this topic. If possible, such as gain knowledge, would you mind updating your blog with additional information? It is very useful for me. เลขเด็ดไทยรัฐ

    Reply

  2. Bạn đưa ra rất nhiều điểm tuyệt vời ở đây đến nỗi tôi đã đọc bài viết của bạn một vài lần. Quan điểm của bạn phù hợp với quan điểm của tôi trong hầu hết các phần. Nội dung này thật tuyệt vời cho những độc giả

    Reply

  3. Điều đặc biệt này thường rõ ràng là cần thiết và hơn nữa là sự thật nổi bật cùng với chắc chắn là có đầu óc công bằng và hơn nữa phải thừa nhận là hữu ích Doanh nghiệp của tôi đang tìm kiếm những thứ được thiết kế trước cho những thứ hữu ích cụ thể này sex vn

    Reply

  4. Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post. soap2day

    Reply

  5. If more people that write articles really concerned themselves with writing great content like you, more readers would be interested in their writings. Thank you for caring about your content. guroocafe

    Reply

  6. 출장마사지, 출장안마, 출장홈타이를 찾고계시는 서울, 경기, 인천 지역의 고객분들이 가장 많이 찾으시는 업체, 여우출장은 절대로 선입금을 요구하거나 받지않습니다. 서울, 경기, 인천 지역이라면 어디든지 출장방문이 가능합니다!
    출장안마

    Reply

  7. GardePro Cellular Trail Camera X50 automatically connects to the best LTE network, so you don’t have to worry about signal strength.With this camera, you can monitor your property remotely, which is great for keeping an eye on things from afar.The Lite Video technology used in this camera is really innovative, making it easier to capture high-quality footage.
    With a wide 110-degree viewing angle, GardePro WiFi Trail Camera E6 can capture a lot of detail in a single shot.This camera connects via WiFi, which makes it easy to transfer photos and videos to your phone or computer.The 1297P HD videos with sound that this camera can capture are of excellent quality, ensuring that you don’t miss a single detail.
    sale on trail cameras

    Reply

  8. I am clark working for bdcs as PR consultant. With more than 6 years experience in PR and Digital Industry, helping teams to achieve goals by streamlining the process.
    Read More: https://bdcs.ae/

    Reply

  9. I read all the posts on your blog during the vacation. I can’t get enough of it no matter how many times I read it. Your blog makes me happy.

    Reply

  10. Thomas, your gateway to enlightenment, reporting in! Through Article Online present you with a treasure trove of online articles that educate, entertain, and expand your mind.

    Reply

  11. First time visiting this place. Judging by the numerous comments on your article, I guess I wasn’t the only one having all the fun here! Please visit my blog too 😉먹튀오버

    Reply

  12. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. Thanks… issuu.com

    Reply

  13. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog post. Its a great pleasure reading your post. I’d really like to help appreciate it with the efforts you get with writing this post. Thanks for sharing. I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research … It’s a good post .. keep posting and updating information.

    https://com-about.com/

    Reply

  14. Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can’t wait to read lots of your posts. executor of a will

    Reply

  15. I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research … It’s a good post .. keep posting and updating information. shutterstock.com

    Reply

  16. You have performed a great job on this article. It’s very precise and highly qualitative. You have even managed to make it readable and easy to read. You have some real writing talent. Thank you so much. slot online gacor

    Reply

  17. i really appreciate your blog,it means a lot for me,,very interesting,,ive like to follow,,could you please vist our website,,thanks in advance Feel free to visit my website; 카지노사이트

    Reply

  18. I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well. sway.office.com

    Reply

  19. Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What an ideal site. LIVPURE

    Reply

  20. Your post has those facts which are not accessible from anywhere else. It’s my humble request to u please keep writing such remarkable articles
    안전놀이터

    Reply

  21. Looking to download PUBG KR 2.4 with all the latest and cool updates? YAY! You’ve landed at the right place. Here you can download the latest update. Pubg kr 24

    Reply

  22. Publicación muy útil. Esta es la primera vez que visito aquí. Encontré muchas cosas interesantes en tu blog, especialmente en su discusión. Realmente es un gran artículo. Avanza. Ennovelas

    Reply

  23. Amazingly accommodating post. This is my first time I visit here. I found such countless interesting stuff in your blog especially its trade. Really its phenomenal article. Keep it up. ionwin777

    Reply

  24. Tunggu apa lagi gabung sekarang juga di situs gacor kami Aladin138, dengan RTP tertinggi yang pastinya akurat dari situs resmi kami pasti kalian akan lebih mudah mendapatkan keuntungan yang sangat banyak. Tunggu apa lagi buaruan daftarkan segara sekarang juga.

    http://sluhost.com/

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *