The Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations initiative is addressing inequities in access to and utilization of specialty care services by medically underserved and vulnerable populations in the US. The goal of this national initiative is to catalyze sustainable improvement and expansion of specialty care service delivery in safety net settings to achieve more optimal and equitable outcomes for the people living with or at high risk for cancer, autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus) and cardiovascular diseases (stroke, atrial fibrillation, and venous thromboembolism). Social determinants of health and weaknesses in healthcare systems affect the ability of poor and vulnerable populations to access and navigate specialty healthcare. These barriers can lead to patients either significantly delaying or discontinuing care or – worst of all – forgoing the care recommended for them.
Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations
Cancer in the U.S.
HIV in the U.S.
Cardiovascular Disease in the U.S.