Day: May 8, 2020

A Heart for Health: Worthy Healthcare Causes Where You Can Volunteer

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Have you always been keen on knowing how you could help the healthcare industry? According to a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, there are about 140 million healthcare volunteers across 37 countries who feel the same way.

There are lots of avenues for inexperienced yet concerned individuals to volunteer and contribute to a health-related cause. Here are some of the most common ways.

 

Clinical trials

Perhaps the easiest way is to volunteer for clinical trials. From California to Miami, there are lots of paid clinical trials that need healthy volunteers who can help them hone new techniques and develop medications. These trials are guaranteed safe and accommodate individuals, regardless of age, gender, or health status.

 

Blood donation

Each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will need blood. This is more than enough reason to donate blood at the nearest medical facility. Not only does donating blood help the recipient, but it also helps the donor maintain a healthy heart and liver, lower the risk of cancer, and prevent hemochromatosis or excess absorption of iron in the body.

 

Vaccination drives

Vaccine hesitancy is a hot topic in the world today, but this doesn’t discredit the fact that people, especially children, need it to prevent certain sicknesses. As a volunteer, you can help curb this hesitancy by joining vaccination missions. Participate in information drives and help ease parents and children by providing insightful vaccine facts and records.

 

Medical missions

Of course, you’re not expected to execute medical roles like taking vital signs or dressing wounds on these trips. But if you’re comfortable with public interactions, you can take a census to gather useful health-related data that can help in developing local health policies, or speak to a crowd about prevention of any rampant illness in their area.

 

Soup kitchens

While soup kitchens and food pantries don’t readily help the healthcare industry, they greatly assist in curbing malnutrition and hunger, which are essential issues for the industry, as well.

If you know how to cook, you can expand this knowledge by learning what kinds of food are nutritious. But if you don’t, you can contribute money or hold a fund drive for the same cause.

 

Pediatric care

Volunteering in pediatric hospitals can be fun if you love keeping children company. You can assist in organizing fun and interactive programs that help uplift the spirits of children with terminal illnesses. These programs can range from reading storybooks, staging short plays, or playing fun games in groups. You can also donate toys and books.

 

Peer support

Sometimes, local communities and health organizations find volunteers to train and become mentors in a peer support group. Through engaging activities and supportive communication, you become capable of easing members of the community who are coping with mental health conditions, or who have just survived a natural calamity or experienced a personal crisis.

 

Hospital duties

The most straightforward assistance you can provide health institutions is to serve as an administrative staff for them. Lending a …

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