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Resources by Topic: Transportation

Social Determinants of Health Series: Transportation and the Role of Hospitals
Presents a report on the role of hospitals in providing health-based transportation services. Features case studies of 4 different hospital programs' approach to addressing their patients' lack of access to reliable transit.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy brief discusses a study on the challenges of implementing rural transportation services and their implication on transportation policy. Analyzes infrastructure, geography, funding, accessibility, support and public awareness, and socio-demographics as barriers to rural transportation systems.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alex Evenson, Amanda Corbett, Katy Kozhimannil, Ira Moscovice
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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A Public Health Perspective to Rural Transportation Safety
Webinar recording discusses a public health approach to motor vehicle related injury and death prevention. Details public health policy interventions that aim to prevent injury, such as primary seat belt laws, speed and red light cameras, and sobriety checkpoints, among others.
Additional links: Webinar Slides
Author(s): Laurie Beck
Date: 10/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
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Rural Transit Fact Book 2017
Provides national, state-level, and county-level statistics and information on rural transit in America. Includes data regarding transit trips for medical purposes with an urban/rural comparison. Also, covers financial and operating statistics for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. Includes a section on tribal transit.
Author(s): Jeremy Mattson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Aging in Rural America: Transportation: A Rural Imperative
Presentation slides discuss aging and rural transportation from the 2017 GIA annual conference. Includes presentations by Rural Philanthropic Analysis at Campbell University, the National Aging & Disability Transportation Center, the Maricopa Association of Governments, and NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.
Author(s): Allen Smart, Carol Wright Kenderdine, Amy St. Peter, Alana Knudson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Rural Transportation Best Practice: Transportation for Individuals with Chronic Care Conditions
Highlights a program called Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), which is a transportation assistance service for individuals with chronic conditions in Big Stone Gap, VA. Details the demographics of the town, as well as the structure of the program.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Social Determinants of Health: A Quick Reference Guide for State Offices of Rural Health and State and Territorial Health Officials
Provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDOH) in rural communities, and lists partners, resources, and national level initiatives related to four significant SDOH in rural areas: housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity. Intended to serve as a starting point and guide for rural organizations that wish to address SDOH through multi-sector collaboration.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program
Discusses elements needed for a transportation voucher program. Identifies key players, examines ways to develop partnerships, acquire funding, develop policies, and publicize programs. Includes appendices with statistics on sample programs in 10 states, policy guidelines, a sample workbook, and transportation resources.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
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Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities
Examines the current state of aging in place, including cost benefits of rural residents living independently and using home health services and public transportation, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities. Includes statistics on costs of various types of senior living situations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and Montana, and aging in place cost savings forecasts for these states.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Ted Rieck
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Air Ambulance: Data Collection and Transparency Needed to Enhance DOT Oversight
Addresses various aspects of air transport for critically ill patients, including the amount charged for service, the factors that affect service, and actions the federal government could take to provide pricing oversight. Discusses the implications and importance of air transport for rural areas throughout.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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