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Thursday, January 4, 2018

7 Ways to Improve Wellness in an Underserved Community

Is your community a wealth of information, resources and businesses that promote wellness and holistic health? Probably not. In fact, most communities in the world do not have adequate access to the systems of healthcare of any kind. If you look round the community you live in and it frustrates you that there are limited to no natural wellness providers, healthy eateries, no wellness therapy businesses, no natural pharmacies and no holistic health education centers, then it may be time for you to take the lead in beginning the process of change for your community. It only takes a critical mass to make an extraordinary difference.

Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world through wellness? Do you possess the creativity to address multiple issues with limited resources? Can you make the commitment too serve a specific group or community? Serving the underserved requires an advocate for your interest group.

An underserved community is defined as areas of populations that have too few care providers, high poverty and a high older adult population which face cultural, economic or linguistic barriers to health care. However, in holistic health the underserved are not always those in poverty, the majority of the underserved in wellness is due to a lack of education in the laws of nature to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

First, decide who you want to help by choosing an interest group. This may be the youth, either boys or girls, women, men or the older population. Second, assess the skills you have o assist this group consistently. Third, do a field study to determine if there are others working in the community with your chosen group and what is being offered and can a collaboration be established to benefit the group more.

As you move with confidence in your divinity to provide a service to your community, use any or all of these 7 proven offerings that will ensure you reach those who are destined to receive the gifts of health and wellness.

1.       Create a day of service monthly or quarterly.
2.       Offer free education events.
3.       Mentor a leader of the interest group.
4.       Provide sample health products.
5.       Obtain a community grant or sponsorship to launch a seasonal wellness program.
6.       Join with an organization that has access to your interest group and serve diligently.
7.       Emphasize attainable lifestyle changes and prevention to you interest group.

All of these wellness endeavors can also be translated over to business models that prove successful in the initial launches within the community. For example, a monthly day of service can also include the sale of affordable wellness products. Offering free education classes can include low cost advanced classes on the subject of the initial free class. Mentoring a leader of the interest group can spawn into a community training program for others who wish to teach. Providing sample health products can be the beginning of nurturing interest in a community coop health foods market. The possibilities are numerous with the creativity and consistency to nurture growth of your vision.

K. Akua Gray
January 4, 2018
Central Region, Ghana


About the Author: Dr. Akua Gray, ND is the author of numerous books on wellness, naturopathy and vegan nutrition. Her latest series of education manuals include Naturopathic Reiki Volumes 1, 2 and 3 and Detox Therapy: Detoxing Should Feel Good Too are available through bojakazhealthnetwork.com or Amazon. She is currently the primary curriculum developer for A Life Of Peace Wellness Education Institute and teaches an annual series of Naturopathic courses online and in person. Visit www.alifeofpeace.org