ERIC Number: ED255837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Equity in Access to Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Services: Implications for Elder Health.
Smith, Nancy H.; Howze, Elizabeth Harper
Although there is a national emphasis on health promotion and preventive practices, questions remain regarding the equity of access to these services by low income and minority groups, and the implications of inequities for elder health. Data from a systematic survey of 500 public and private providers of health promotion services in northern Virginia were examined to see whether and to what extent services were targeted to specific user groups. Primary services were offered by 163 agencies in at least one of seven areas: alcohol/drug abuse, smoking, high blood pressure, fitness, weight control/nutrition, accident prevention, and health education. Health promotion was the primary goal in 29 of these agencies, mostly in the area of alcohol and drug abuse. Among public and private non-profit agencies, the concentration of services across risk categories was fairly even, with the exception of lower counts for smoking cessation, stress management, and mental health promotion. Among private for-profit agencies, services reported most frequently related to either weight control and nutrition or stress management. Services (N=40) which had specified target user groups were generally nutrition or physical fitness programs for the elderly or recreation programs for the handicapped. Only two services (alcohol abuse education for Hispanics and accident prevention for Indochinese) were targeted to minorities and none were targeted to low income persons. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Target Population; Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).