Planning for Urban Health Access: Supporting Community Development & Healthcare Partnerships
Samarripas, Stefen Pablo
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There are several key recommendations arising from the research of this report. These recommendations are targeted for both public sector planners and planners working in nonprofit community development settings. Public sector planners should adhere to the recommendations to address low health care access: 1. Make land use and transportation decisions that do not restrict access to medical services. 2. Make gap financing available for health care projects. 3. Consider providing unused municipal property at little or no cost to community development organizations looking to administer medical services. 4. Use the comprehensive planning process to jumpstart discussions on health care access between community stakeholders. Nonprofit community development planners should use the following guidelines to establish partnerships with health care providers: 1. Include health care providers in the early stages of the developing a program to address issues of health care access. 2. Provide potential health care partners with a demonstration or pilot project to realize potential value from collaboration. 3. Establish clear rules of collaboration with other local nonprofit organizations.