Select Key Metrics on Primary & Preventive Care Access
Percentage of primary care appointments available for patients at any given time; average number of days patients wait to receive primary care services; insurance coverage.PREVENTIVE CARE UTILIZATION
Ordering and completion rates of preventive care services such as annual check-ups, immunizations, flu shots, and screenings.
The supply of primary care physicians relative to number of residents varies drastically across Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Areas with lower access to primary care have higher concentrations of non-Hispanic Black residents and a lower median household income compared to areas with higher access to primary care.
Lower income Philadelphians are also more likely to be covered by Medicaid. Across Philadelphia, there are disparities in primary care appointment availability by insurance status:
Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black Philadelphians are approximately 2 to 2.5 times more likely than white Philadelphians to be hospitalized for conditions that could have been prevented in primary care.
Ongoing Efforts in the Philadelphia Community
The Penn Center for Community Health Workers developed IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable program that leverages community health workers – trusted laypeople from local communities – to improve access to health care in underserved communities and to improve health outcomes. IMPaCT has been delivered to over 10,000 high-risk patients in the Philadelphia region and has been shown to improve chronic disease control, mental health and quality of care while reducing total hospital days by 65%.
The Hansjörg Wyss Wellness Center is a one-stop shop for primary and preventive care, outreach, and educational services to the surrounding community, particularly the area’s immigrant and refugee population. The Center is an initiative of Jefferson’s Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity and a partnership between Jefferson’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and SEAMAAC, a community-based organization that supports under-resourced communities.
Efforts listed here may be independent of Accelerate Health Equity. Check back to learn about a broader list of health equity efforts.