Whether it’s transportation issues, translation and interpretation needs, or a lack of health insurance – barriers to healthcare need to be addressed and equitably transformed.
Structural & System Barriers are obstacles that collectively affect a group disproportionately and perpetuate or maintain stark disparities in outcomes. Structural barriers can be policies, practices, and other norms that favor an advantaged group while systematically disadvantaging a marginalized group.
(Source: Urban Institute)
Community project applications in this category should offer strategies such as combating structural & systemic barriers to basic needs, particularly in healthcare such as language/communication, transportation, income, lack of care providers, lack of insurance, racism, sexism, etc.
Examples of Activities:
- Educate providers on systemic barriers like racism, sexism, etc. via cultural competency training
- Providing telehealth services to patients/clients with no access to transportation to and from appointments
- Provide transportation vouchers and passes
- Hire community health worker(s) to address social determinants of health and provide referrals to community resources