Community concerns regarding the lack of health equity and transportation, the lack of health professionals for medically underserved populations and health literacy.
Approximately 7% of Somerset County residents had limited access to healthy food.
Based on the most recent data, nearly 7% of Somerset County residents 18–64 were uninsured.
An individual’s ability to access health services has a profound impact on every aspect of their health. Regular and reliable access to care can prevent disease and disability, detect and treat illnesses or health conditions, increase quality of life, and increase life expectancy. The largest barrier to access is a lack of insurance. People without insurance are less likely to have a regular source of care and more likely to skip routine medical care due to cost. Both of these factors increase risk of serious illness and disability. Individuals with a usual source of care have better outcomes, fewer disparities, and lower costs. Health literacy and transportation are additional barriers to health. Language, culture, and low health literacy are other barriers to high quality care. In addition to financial and environmental barriers, access to healthy foods presents a barrier to maintaining one’s personal health. In order to eat healthier, people need better access to healthy and affordable food.
HOW WE’RE GETTING THERE
Improve Access and Awareness of Health Care Services for Those Living and Working in Somerset County Including Underserved Populations.
- Reduce the number of uninsured by 5% from 7% in 2018 to 6% in 2021.
- Reduce the number of individuals who lack Primary Care Physicians by 5% from 14,985 in 2018 to 14,236 in 2021.