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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
Services provided
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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