Select a vulnerable population and a community-based program developed for this population. (Note: You may use the same program you selected for week three’s 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 populations’ 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; clients’ 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: Barrier- location/hours of operation Strategy: Move services or extend services to meet population’s needs (i.e. open on the evenings and weekends)
Example: Barrier- availability of providers Strategy: recruitment campaign to bring more providers to the area or work with universities graduating healthcare workers to provide internships
Example: Barrier- Does 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: Barrier- Private or public funding constraints Strategy: Explore new partnerships.
Example: Barrier- Clients’ 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: Barrier- Lacking 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.)
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