Care3 supports all of the community workers who provide care in the home and outside of health facilities. You are the champions of care delivery and stand up for the patients and their families when care isn’t accessible. Community hospitals, care and case managers, home health and home care workers and care advocates all help keep our most vulnerable communities as healthy as possible.
The 2014 AHRQ National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report provides an annual scorecard that measures different ways healthcare doesn’t reach the “underserved” (defined as the poor, people of color, the disabled, rural, and seniors). Across all measures of access, quality, and outcomes, underserved populations trail that of the general population.
For example, in one graphic AHRQ ranks each US state in quartiles by the quality of healthcare delivered:
An analysis of these charts (which AHRQ curiously didn’t do themselves), one can see the states in which the highest level of care is delivered, while also having the highest level of disparity of care based on race. Six (6) states fall into that dubious group: Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware (Michigan, Pennsylvania, NY and NJ are in the second highest quartile of quality, but also have the highest level of disparity).
These six states have the capability to deliver the highest quality of care for their residents–but also sport the highest disparity levels of healthcare access, quality, and outcomes based solely on the race of patients.
Health researchers measure quality, accessibility, and outcomes by populations. Health disparities occur when a population receives suboptimal care. These disparities are real and impact people of color, the disabled, seniors, rural dwellers, and the poor. The most vulnerable members of our society do not have equal access to healthcare and receive woefully inadequate quality of care in their homes and communities. Care3 is built to fix these unacceptable and unnecessary inequities.