An Rx for the Postal Service: Opportunities in Health Benefits
Did you know the U.S. Postal Service plays a significant role in contributing to the health and wellness of the people it serves?
While many of you likely rely on the Postal Service to bring prescription medications to your doorstep on an ongoing basis, there are numerous other important – if lesser known – roles the Postal Service plays. These include the annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, semipostal stamps providing awareness to and financial support for health issues, and Carrier Alert, where letter carriers can be asked to watch for signs that postal customers could be in trouble.
In our newly released white paper, Partnering for Health: Potential Postal Service Roles in Health and Wellness, we highlight additional opportunities for the Postal Service to partner with organizations both private and public to help improve the accessibility and quality of health and wellness services to the American people.
For instance, we identified several ways the Postal Service could help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other future public health crises. The Postal Service could also provide information to its customers about available health care services. Carefully planned postal partnerships with private and public sector health and wellness organizations could help address some of the gaps in health and wellness services without impacting USPS’s core mission of delivering the mail.
Do you believe that the Postal Service should explore partnership opportunities to help improve the availability of health and wellness services to the public? Tell us below!