Access is the ability to receive high-quality health care that meets each person’s needs. This means culturally and linguistically appropriate care, having the technology to monitor health or participate in telehealth, a workforce large and diverse enough to address each person’s needs, and community-based supports that help people get and stay as healthy as possible.
Community-based supports are a vital tool in promoting equitable access to health. In particular, lay health workers—including community health workers, doulas, and peer support workers—connect people with the health care services they need and the resources to navigate health and social service systems.
Achieving health equity requires bridging the gap between health care services and the people who need them. Other sections of the Path to Equity note additional options for addressing social and economic barriers to health equity.
To achieve equity in access, Health Equity Solutions recommends:
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