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New Video: Improving Care for Vulnerable Populations

October 25, 2012

Tags: Medicaid access to care safety net

In the United States, vulnerable populations, including low-income people, the uninsured, and racial and ethnic minorities, have greater difficulty accessing health care, receive worse care overall, and experience poorer health outcomes than other groups. A new video features Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., senior program officer for The Commonwealth Fund’s vulnerable populations program, outlining the need to improve care for these Americans and explaining how the Affordable Care Act will help to improve health care access, quality, and outcomes. The health reform law’s Medicaid expansion, Riley says, will bring coverage to millions who need it and help sustain safety-net facilities.

This is the second video in our series designed to increase understanding of some of the most important changes happening in the U.S. health care system. Upcoming videos in the series will explore U.S. health spending growth and insurance coverage expansion.

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Web Editor of The Commonwealth Fund says:
October 25, 2012

We will explore doing a Spanish translation. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jennifer Arevalo of Community Clinic Consortium says:
October 25, 2012

I really enjoyed viewing this video. Is it possible that it be translated to various languages?
Thank you.

Ron Bialek of Public Health Foundation says:
October 25, 2012

Noting the importance of access to healthcare is an important focus of this video. As a suggestion for the future, if we really want to effectively address the health of vulnerable populations, we must consider many population health approaches. Healthcare focuses on fixing problems after they have occurred. Population-based approaches such as easy and affordable access to healthy foods, lead-free housing, etc., are critical for achieving better health. This is particularly important as strategies are developed to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and populations.