Access to health services has been an enduring focus for a variety of scholars and practitioners. Yet, despite much attention, access to affordable and quality service varies greatly among communities. When we consider healthcare inequities, we often think about such characteristics as gender, race or ethnicity, education, or income. However, factors may also include environmental factors such as transportation and geography. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines determinants of health as the social environment, physical environment, and health services. Determinants of health are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels, which are influenced by policy choices (WHO, 2012).

Week 1 Assignment: Evaluate Local Healthcare Delivery

Activity Description

The development of healthcare services varies from one location to another. Prepare a bulleted outline that assesses the key healthcare services available in your community. In your work, be sure to address the following:

  • Briefly characterize your community (include demographic information such as population, geography, mean income, race, and ethnic diversity).
  • Contact your local public health department or major medical facility and inquire about the extent and variety of local services.
  • Identify and evaluate the main healthcare facility or facilities. Include public, private, and non-governmental organizations in your assessment.
  • Examine the characteristics of hospitals, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities.
  • Compare statistics regarding these provider types to other communities in your area.

Support your outline with a minimum of five scholarly resources, APA format. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages

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