Community based program for vulnerable populations
Select a vulnerable population and a community-based program developed for this population. (Note: You may use the same program you selected for week threeas discussion forum.) In a three to four page paper,
Describe the population and community-based program.
Intended population(s) served
Location of program (rural/urban)
Profit or non-for-profit
Describe two organizational barriers that limit vulnerable populationsa access to the program.
Justify how these items may be considered barriers to the population selected.
Examples of barriers may include: location/hours of operation; availability of providers; does not accept uninsured clients, clients with Medicare, or Medicaid; private or public funding constraints; clientsa care is uncoordinated, fragmented or has gaps; and lacks culturally sensitive care (i.e. serves Spanish-speaking community, but information is only published in English).
Provide a strategy (one for each barrier) that could be used to reduce or eliminate the barriers. Strategies must address the barrier.
Example: Barrierlocation/hours of operation Strategy: Move services or extend services to meet populationas needs (i.e. open on the evenings and weekends)
Example: Barrieravailability of providers Strategy: recruitment campaign to bring more providers to the area or work with universities graduating healthcare workers to provide internships
Example: BarrierDoes not accept uninsured clients, clients with Medicare, or Medicaid Strategy: Work with policy makers to improve conditions so accepting these clients would not place a financial burden on the community program (healthcare reform)
Example: BarrierPrivate or public funding constraints Strategy: Explore new partnerships.
Example: BarrierClientsa care is uncoordinated, fragmented or has gaps Strategy: Pull together a group of representatives from various programs and develop strategies to improve the continuum of care
Example: BarrierLacking culturally sensitive care Strategy: Recruit healthcare workers/ volunteers from the population served; locate the program within the community, develop educational/informational materials that meet clients needs (language, reading level, culturally sensitive, etc.)
The paper must be a minimum of three pages in length (excluding the title and reference page) and utilize APA format. Include a minimum of 3 references, cited in APA format. ***6th ed. APA style please***
Recommended readings though these references might help-
Escarce, J.J. (2007, Sep). Racial and ethnic disparities in access to and quality of health care. Retrieved on January 31, 2010 from /tinyurl.com/yz4jmar. Article outlines barriers experienced by Latino families who need to access healthcare services for their children. Barriers include: language problems, cultural differences, poverty, lack of health insurance, transportation difficulties, and long waiting times.
Baumgarten, M., Lebel, P., Laprise, H., Leclerc, C., and Quinn, C. (2002, May) Adult day care for the frail elderly: Outcomes, satisfaction, and cost. Journal of Aging and Health, 14(2), 237-259. This article describes the difficulties in assessing outcomes and satisfaction among frail elderly day care clients and their informal caregivers and the impact of adult day care on the cost of health services. Recommendations for adult day-care program are noted.