Description and Activities
This committee’s activities include advocating for changes that will affect health care coverage for residents across all ages of the continuum but particularly those less than 65 years old; bringing together initiatives/partners already addressing access issues; and developing community and agency-based strategies to make measurable improvements in access to care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Durham.
All Access to Care committee meetings are open to the public.
For the next three years the committee members plan to work on:
- Sub-Acute Care for the Homeless
- Expanded dental care access for low income, uninsured adult residents
- Health literacy
- Healthcare reform
- Strategies to address transportation issues that impact access to care (eg. bus, Access van, etc.)
The committee’s 3-year Action Plan provides the details.
Current committee chairs are:
To learn or to join the committee, email one of the co-chairs (above) or contact Marissa Mortiboy, the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-560-7833.
The Access to Care Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8:15-9:30 am at the Durham County Department of Public Health (414 E. Main Street) in a second floor conference room. Our meetings generally include learning sessions on access to care issues, advocacy updates, and updates from the various working groups.
Meetings are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend. For meeting dates and times, see our calendar.
Selected Committee Accomplishments
Past accomplishments include:
- Herald-Sun newspaper article series on healthcare reform in 2013 and 2014
- Project Access of Durham County was created by committee members along with other community partners . PADC coordinates with community providers and those at Duke University Health System and the NC Specialty Hospital to bring donated specialty care to uninsured patients at Lincoln Community Health Center.
- Healthcare Reform Summit was held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The Summit provided an opportunity the community to learn more about how the new healthcare reform will personally impact them. Pam Silberman will provided an overview of Healthcare Reform and there was a short expert panel on Children, 0 – 25, Uninsured / High Risk Pool, Business, and Medicare / Seniors. The entire event was professionally taped and can be viewed here.
- Cover the Uninsured Community Forum (2009 and 2006) brought together over 100 community members hear from panelists about health care options and coverage possibilities for Durham County residents lacking health ins
Visit www.healthcare.gov for the most up-to-date information on healthcare reform.
- Strategies for improving transport access to healthcare are descibed in this report created by the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning.
- Medical options in Durham for uninsured and under-insured residents: Download (English) Download (Español)
- Applying for Disability Benefits: What you need to know. This brochure provides information about SSI and SSDI and answers common questions about applying for disability.
- Glossary of terms related to the committee’s action plan and health care access