Although Health Centers can serve anyone, they have a particular focus on special and vulnerable populations. These populations include those who are racial or ethnic minorities, children, older adults, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured, or those with certain medical conditions. Members of special and vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by lack of access to healthcare. Some examples of Special and Vulnerable populations served by Virginia’s Health Centers include Individuals or Families Experiencing Homelessness, LGBTQ People, Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers, Older Adults, Native Americans, Residents of Public Housing, School-Aged Children, and Veterans.
It’s important to keep these populations in mind when creating content that is accessible to a diverse group of people. For example, older adults could experience visual impairments that make it difficult to see graphics that have low contrast or use a type that is too small. Being sensitive to the needs of these populations, including by using plain language in your publications, can help improve the accessibility of your communications.
This video provides a 60-second introduction to website accessibility. For a more in-depth look at the subject, this YouTube playlist from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative covers 10 topics of Website Accessibility through different “Perspectives”. We have previously written about Website Accessibility in this article, which includes further resources. You can read more about the kinds of special and vulnerable populations Community Health Centers serve on this HRSA webpage.