Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. This topic area focuses on 3 components of access to care: insurance coverage, health services, and timeliness of care. When considering access to health care, it is important to also include oral health care and obtaining necessary prescription drugs.
For an overview of Health Access, go to
•Health Resources & Services Administration Data Warehouse.
This website contains statistics on medically underserved areas (MUA) throughout the country to include Kern county. There are geographic facts on medical care shortages, dental, mental health providers, low income, and Medicaid eligible areas. http://https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/analyzers/muafind.aspx
•Kern Public Health - Know Your Risk Campaign and STD Services information
•Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Contraceptives: How effective are birth control methods?
•Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Few teens use the most effective types of birth control.