Meet the Players
Who's addressing health issues, and how?
Nonprofits and foundations
Organizations like One World Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation develop and deliver funding and interventions to low-resourced communities. For more information, check out our Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy overviews.
Corporations like Johnson & Johnson create new products and medications for health and wellness domestically and abroad. Pharmaceutical companies like Merck focus on making drugs affordable in developing countries. Large behind-the-scenes companies like McKesson play a vital role in making our healthcare system more efficient.
Institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monitor health data and inform constituents to protect health.
Agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) lead health initiatives within larger organizations (such as the United Nations, in the case of the WHO).
All of these organizations address health issues using different approaches. Examples of the different angles available in the health field include:
- Research and Development: Discovering answers to questions such as, “What are the most pressing health issues?” “How do we cure, prevent, and monitor them?”
- Clinical Field Work: Developing, implementing, and assessing a health program in a local community or abroad.
- Statistics and Monitoring: Gathering and analyzing data from populations across the globe.
- Administration and Funding: Providing operational and financial support for treatments and organizations.
- Policy and Advocacy: Developing and promoting policies to improve the health of a community.
- Health Education: Spreading awareness and influencing behaviors to improve health issues.
- Health Equity: Closing the gap in health disparities.