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Friday, March 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR-PS27 [POSTER] Community Healthcare Redefined: The Role of Grass-Roots Community Health Organizations and Outreach Workers in Education and Access

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This paper catalogues approaches to ground-level healthcare services by means of using indigenous community resources as well as leveraging the existent healthcare system. This helps alleviate the mismatch between primary care and overburdened public hospitals. The other ‘side-benefit’ is taking hold of public expenditures through making better use of preventative services. Poverty-fighting strategies are pertinent to increasing equity and social justice. In this respect, emerging economies provide a salient backdrop for studying innovative strategies for increasing equity by improving health outcomes. Community health workers are documented to bring a unique value to low-income and marginalized patients struggling with illness. Some of the greatest impacts have been seen among immigrants, the elderly, and working poor. In spite of well-intended policies, tangible disparities remain, and community groups and their health programs can have an impact. The paper evaluates organizations providing community-based healthcare services, facilitating between individuals, families, and system resources.

avatar for Straso Jovanovski

Straso Jovanovski

PhD Candidate, Public Affairs (Community Development track), Rutgers University - Camden
I am interested in community-level health care delivery; studying the impact of health care initiatives and programs targeted at vulnerable populations in the distressed urban environment. I like using GIS mapping software in portraying trends and patterns relating to health care disparities.


Laura Bierstedt

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Mark Hartlaub

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Seve Hartlaub

Frostburg State University

Friday March 21, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Navarro Ballroom (Westin 2nd Floor)