Perceived Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Rural Florida Communities
Methods: As part of an ongoing study, key informant interviews and community focus groups conducted through the Rural South Public Health Training Center will be analyzed in order to identify the perceived impact in health care access and services within multiple Florida counties. Grounded theory will inform the interplay between the health care reform changes and the perceived changes that will engender themes through open coding.
Results: The data collected thus far suggests that many of the ACA changes have been unrecognized. Discrepancies in knowledge and information regarding the effects of the ACA were identified by individuals within the counties. Additionally, there are both positive and negative perceptions with regards to implementation of these provisions.
Conclusions: Preliminary results indicate a potential need among both community members and health care professionals for more training and education with regards to the ACA. Reducing possible incongruities among community members and health professionals has the potential to alter community perceptions.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related public policy
Identify perceived needs among health care professionals. List community concerns over the Affordable Care Act.
Keyword(s): Affordable Care Act, Rural Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a research assistant for the Rural South Public Health Training Center with considerable qualitative training and experience. I also have employment and educational training in health policy, and have been on various projects involving rural populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.