The topic of Clinical Preventative Services refers to both the routine screening of individuals for diseases and the provision of scheduled immunizations. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, this two-fold approach serves to "prevent and detect illnesses and diseases - from flu to cancer - in their earlier, more treatable stages, significantly reducing the risk of illness, disability, early death and medical care costs." Despite the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to extend coverage for these preventative services, many individuals continue to face barriers to receive care due to a multitude of challenges, including, but no limited to the lack of statewide expansion of coverage, transportation or lack of provider participation. The recommendations in this section seek to address those barriers and connect individuals with existing, available services.
Sources: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Clinical Preventative Services, Overview & Impact. Retrieved from: healthypeople.gov.