Date of Award

5-13-2016

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Lee Rivers Mobley, PhD

Second Advisor

Anisa Palmer, MPA, CNP, CPC

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Impeded access to care has been an issue long awaiting resolution. Many Americans, whether insured or uninsured, go without regular care because access is limited. Those with the most difficulty obtaining adequate access to care are those of low-income status, minority populations and the disabled. In addition, to free clinics, many non-profit organizations ease the burden of limited access to care by providing services to those in a set population. Some of these services include transportation, providing counseling and advocacy, as well as finding low cost care options.

AIM: The intended goal is to evaluate access to care and how non-profit organizations help alleviate the issue as it pertains to low income, minority and disabled populations.

METHODS: Using insights and analysis aided through research and practicum experience, to describe what access-enhancing programs are available, the services they provide, to what extent they are provided and used, and what factors influence their utilization.

RESULTS: Many non-profit organizations offer aid to help people access care in the form of counseling and advising. Few offer transportation and funding to aid in receiving quality access to care. This is primarily due to funding issues and the number of individuals and families who need services.

DISCUSSION: Many health-centered non-profit organizations aid populations in obtaining access to care through transportation, resource sharing and at times, cost of care. Since many non-profit organizations are public and receive funding for the services they provide, the services they provide can and usually are limited. Receiving continuous aid from the public can and has proven to be difficult if the organization is targeted toward specific populations or disabilities. Partnerships with local businesses, car dealerships, or car services and receipt of support from national sponsors are just suggestions to aid in assisting the necessary populations. Deeper investigation into what else can help improve non-profit organizations’ ability to help people access care, especially for special vulnerable or disadvantaged populations is not only vital but necessary.

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