Health Care for Underserved Populations
Health Care for Underserved Populations Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Individuals that lack adequate health insurance, are low-income, or reside in rural areas often cannot access preventive and primary care services and do not have a regular source of care. As a result, health problems may go undiagnosed and/or untreated, increasing the long-term risk of serious illness and death among the medically underserved.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that provided medical care and patient education to persons with limited means of accessing such services, thereby improving their health status and facilitating access to follow up care.
The featured QualityTools provide information and resources that address disparities in medically underserved communities.
- Mobile Outreach Program Enhances Access to Culturally Competent Dental, Mental, and Physical Health Care Services for Underserved, Uninsured Immigrants
- Medical Student–Run Primary Care Clinic Offers Valuable Training to Future Physicians and Enhances Access to Care for Low-Income Patients
- Nurses Provide Free Health and Safety Screenings on Farms, Leading to Better Eating Habits and Cholesterol Levels, and to High Attendance at Followup Appointments