Demographics across the globe impact one of America’s most sensitive issues: healthcare. According to the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to increase by one billion people by 2025. As demographics shift and the population changes, communities and governments on a local level must adapt to meet the needs of the people.
An individual’s age, income, and race, just to name a few, may impact their personal health concerns. Even the location of where an individual lives is a healthcare factor. Where is the nearest hospital? Does this person have access to a nearby pharmacy? Remember that demographic data can tell a story – each demographic trait must be examined for a clear picture of the local population.
Let’s talk for a moment about the aging population of America. As the baby boomer generation ages, the medical field is preparing to care for many older patients requiring treatment for various chronic conditions. This rise in an older population occurs in a time when government’s role in healthcare is still in debate. The financial concern is met with the concern of an incredibly large generation of over 76 million Americans (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014). Remember, of course, health care is needed at all ages. On the other side, infants, who are susceptible to illness because their immune system is still being built, rely on other specialists and doctors. Therefore, healthcare providers must be adaptable for all generations.
Research and resources from local health departments can be beneficial to understand the community demographics and health needs.
Every town, city, and county is impacted differently by their unique demographics. To learn more about analyzing your local demographics, just fill out our Three Easy Steps Form.