Date of Award

Summer 8-8-2017

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Jenelle Shanley Chatham

Second Advisor

Dr. Iris Feinberg

Abstract

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created to provide healthcare to all Americans in an affordable manner to reduce healthcare spending and disparities in health care. However, simply having health insurance coverage is not enough. It is necessary for individuals to understand how to use their health insurance to access care and as a result reduce spending and disparities. The purpose of this project is to design an implementation plan for the initiative, From Coverage to Care, in the State of Georgia to help increase insurance consumers’ health literacy, ability to navigate the healthcare system and engagement in one’s health. Accomplishing these goals will help residents of Georgia live healthier lives, have better health outcomes and reduce healthcare spending. Bertram and colleagues’ (2014) implementation framework will be utilized to articulate a plan to implement the initiative From Coverage to Care throughout Fulton County. Bertram’s four-stage framework of implementation will help organize and plan the implementation process.

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