Replicate AAH in Your Community

We know that there is an ongoing need to connect artists and their families to health resources. Navigating healthcare and health insurance resources can be complex, and creating effective programs can take a lot of time, resources and relationships. If you are just looking for a place to start, try this Teeny Toolkit with four small things that you can do to connect your community to healthcare:

Create an Artists’ Healthcare Program in Your Community

With artists now required to have health insurance, it’s a great time to start connecting artists in your community to healthcare and health insurance resources. Access to healthcare is one of the biggest career threats to making a life as an individual artist. However, no matter which state you live in, there are public healthcare programs, low-cost health clinics and reliable health insurance brokers. And chances are, there are non-profit organizations and social workers that know the healthcare system and resources inside and out.

Luckily, there is also an easily accessible format for reaching out to these resources. Health Fairs have been, and continue to be, the healthcare industry’s standard for outreach and education. Most importantly, all of your work culminates in an event that brings the arts community in direct contact with these resources.

This toolkit, created by Springboard for the Arts and Leveraging Investments in Creativity, will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating an Artists’ Health Fair and Guide to Healthcare for Artists, complete with logistical pointers and lessons we’ve learned from our program in the Twin Cities.

Get the Artists’ Health Fair toolkit here.

Healthcare Voucher Program and Free Healthcare Days Toolkit

Finding a place to get healthcare – medical clinics, dental clinics, fitness centers — can be a daunting task. Although more people are getting insured, many still avoid care because of factors like insurance deductibles or lack of coverage for all of their healthcare needs (e.g. lots of medical insurance plans have free preventive care, but aren’t required to cover dental or eye care services for adults).

This Healthcare Voucher toolkit takes some unease out of finding that care. Here’s how it works: An organization or group which works with a particular community teams up with a healthcare provider that is high quality, committed to helping that community get care, and low-cost (typically, the cost of services are dependent on income). Once a year, members of that community can apply for a voucher to use, like a gift certificate, towards the cost of a visit. The organization/group and healthcare provider may also team up on events, such as free dental screening days and flu vaccination clinics.

By lessening the emotional and monetary risk of the first experience at the healthcare provider, your community members get an extra nudge in the door so that they realize they can afford the care they need and have a place to go for their ongoing health needs.

Get the Healthcare Voucher Program toolkit here.

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