Field of Work: Assessing the influences on access to health care for low-income individuals.
Problem Synopsis: Since the 1960s, researchers have investigated the individual-level factors that predict whether or not a person will be likely to have access to health care. However, individual-level factors alone fail to fully account for variations in access or explain why residents of some geographic areas fare much better in accessing care than others.
Synopsis of the Work: Researchers affiliated with New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service , the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy examined how individual- and community-level factors influence access to health care for low-income residents, and why their access varies in different metropolitan regions of the United States.
In a spring 2004 article, "Effects of Community Factors on Access to Ambulatory Care for Lower-Income Adults in Large Urban Communities," in the journal Inquiry, the researchers reported the following key findings:
In the Inquiry article the researchers concluded that: