Minority Health; Community Health Centers; Health Reform; Health Homes
The health disparities literature suggests that although the lack of health insurance is the most basic barrier to health care, improved access to clinically appropriate care is key, particularly in the case of minority and low-income populations where the health risks are greatest. This study examines the relationship between health center penetration into medically underserved communities and the reduction of state-level health disparities. Health centers were developed with the express aim of serving medically underserved persons. Their doubling represents a significant health priority of the Bush Administration and one that enjoys bipartisan Congressional support.
Shin, P., Jones, K., & Rosenbaum, S. (2003). Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities: Estimating the impact of high health center penetration in low-income communities. Washington, D.C.: Center for Health Services Research and Policy, Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University.