A person’s health is the result of several interrelated factors, including socioeconomic status, geography, and race and ethnicity.
Where a person lives, works, socializes, and ages has a profound impact on their health and quality of life.
The current barriers to access to health in Eastern Iowa include cost, transportation, language, awareness, and lack of providers. Public health insurance is not widely accepted by providers in the community, however 16.2% of individuals in our area access public health insurance. Even with insurance, prescriptions and co-pays are a concerning cost. These disparities impact the overall health of Eastern Iowa, which can cause a chain reaction of other challenges and needs.