Goal: Improve access to quality primary health services for the underserved community.
What’s the Problem?
The lack of access to primary care providers is a major challenge of the entire U.S. health care system. Primary care providers are typically a patient’s first point of contact and provide critical preventative care, disease management and referrals. Increased access to primary care results in fewer low birthweight babies and lower mortality due to chronic disease. Uninsured residents often use the local hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) in the absence of accessible primary care providers. This decreases the ED’s service capabilities and increases health care costs.
Learn more about Access to Primary Care as a public health issue.
Health and Health Care
Neighborhood and Built Environment
What Are We Doing About It?
Here is how we can work together to increase access to primary care in our community:
- Reduce barriers to accessing clinical and community preventive services, especially among populations at greatest risk.
- Check out Cobb and Douglas County’s Safety Net Programs for a listing of local community clinics.
- Increase the care capacity of safety net providers.
- Increase the number of comprehensive school-based health centers.
- Check out the Burnett/Eastside School-Based Health Center, Douglas County Schools’ first school-based health center.
Click here for the current community metrics.
Click here for the Access to Primary Care Action Plan.
Want to help us increase access to primary care in Douglas County? Click on the button below to fill out our contact form to get in touch with someone from the Implementation Team, and find out how YOU can get involved in your community!