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Inner-City Health Care

ABSTRACT: The College argues for tackling health problems of the inner city in the context of a comprehensive urban policy that addresses the root causes of poverty. In addition, this position paper contains more specific recommendations to improve health care delivery to inner cities. The College calls for a comprehensive urban partnership initiative to address all aspects of the urban penalty-social, economic, and health-related-and recommends solutions through public and private collaborations that can be adapted to the circumstances of each community. In addition, policy recommendations address health care coverage, providers, public health initiatives, community involvement, and short-term improvements to such existing programs as Medicaid.