Changes in healthcare access and utilization among participants in a public housing relocation program in Atlanta, Georgia

Janet R. Cummings, Lindsay Allen, Michelle J Ko, Loida Bonney, Josalin Hunter-Jones, Hannah Cooper

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Abstract

Using survey data from participants in a public housing relocation program in Atlanta, Georgia, we examine post-relocation changes in healthcare access (having a usual source of care, having an unmet need) and utilization (receiving a medical exam). Although participants moved to safer, less impoverished neighborhoods, some participants experienced improvements in access and utilization whereas others experienced declines. The supply of healthcare providers in the new neighborhood and having health insurance were associated with improvements in access for this population. Future relocation efforts may seek to assist individuals with choosing a new neighborhood that has accessible healthcare resources for low-income populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalHealth and Place
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health insurance
  • Healthcare access
  • Neighborhood poverty
  • Public housing relocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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