Access to health services has been an enduring focus for a variety of scholars and practitioners. Yet, despite much attention, access to affordable and quality service varies greatly among communities. When we consider healthcare inequities, we often think about such characteristics as gender, race or ethnicity, education, or income. However, factors may also include environmental factors such as transportation and geography. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines determinants of health as the social environment, physical environment, and health services. Determinants of health are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels, which are influenced by policy choices (WHO, 2012).
Week 1 Assignment: Evaluate Local Healthcare Delivery