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Resources by Topic: Transportation

Federal Funding for Transportation Programs Serving Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Discusses the role of federal funding as a primary source of funding to support transportation programs that meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Describes funding programs from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services, AmeriCorps, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Highlights programs for rural and tribal communities.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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A Recap of Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Listening Sessions
Provides an overview of the impact of Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services as well as feedback from mobility providers and stakeholders during Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) listening sessions. Presents discussions about public transportation coordination, the relationship between transportation services and social determinants of health, implications of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) on users with disabilities, and data reporting. Includes information specific to rural populations.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Impact of Inflation on Rural Household Expenses, 2021-2022
Report offering estimates of differences in how inflation between 2021-2022 has impacted rural and urban households based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Examines changes in income and expenses, noting concerns about the increased cost of travel for rural people to access healthcare, the ability to pay for unexpected healthcare costs, and the risk of homelessness due to housing shortages and costs.
Author(s): David J. Peters
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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Transportation Equity for Older Adults
Explores equity concerns regarding transportation for older adults. Presents a framework for communities to assess how the transportation needs of older adults are being met. Discusses potential solutions to improve transportation equity in communities. Highlights challenges to accessible transportation in rural areas.
Author(s): Laura Fraade-Blanar, Ryan Best, Regina A. Shih
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Food Access and Food Delivery Service: An Exploratory Study for the Role of Public Transportation During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020-2021
Explores public transportation services that offered food delivery services before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports on surveys completed by 392 transit agencies in December 2020 and 63 transit agencies in June 2021 about their role related to increasing food access in their communities. Includes discussions about food insecurity in rural and tribal areas and mitigating transportation strategies.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Hamad Al Qublan, Jeremy Mattson, Jill Hough
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Veteran Mobility and COVID-19
Examines veterans living in rural areas and how their mobility options, cost of transportation, use of telehealth, access to healthy food, and social isolation have been impacted by COVID-19. Discusses issues and policies related to improving healthcare transportation and access to Veterans Administration (VA) services for rural veterans. Includes data on veteran demographics and survey responses to health- and transportation-related questions.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Video Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Jill Hough, Antonio Molina
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota State University, Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Rural Community Perspectives on Transportation and Health
Summarizes Part 2 of the Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health project that examines the relationship between health and transportation. Includes focus group and interview responses from Kansas citizens about transportation barriers, availability of services, government collaboration, impacts on different population groups, promising strategies to address transportation issues, and potential funding programs.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Works, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Hospital Association
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Travel Burden for Healthcare among Rural Populations with Marvellous Akinlotan and Alva Ferdinand
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Dr. Alva Ferdinand, director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC), and Dr. Marvellous Akinlotan, research assistant professor at the SRHRC. Discusses travel burdens rural residents face when seeking healthcare.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Partnering for Rural Transportation with Alisa Druzba and Steve Workman
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Alisa Druzba and Steve Workman. Describes the development of the New Hampshire Mobility Management Network and how it provides options for rural residents. Focuses on the role of collaboration among local, state, and federal agencies in supporting long-term sustainability for transportation services.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Examples of Successful Evidence-Based Strategies and Current Federal Efforts
Provides an overview of efforts to address social determinants of health (SDOH) that impact people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, individuals living in rural areas, and people with disabilities. Discusses housing, food and nutrition, transportation, social and economic mobility, and social service connections in terms of community (upstream) and individual (downstream) SDOH impacts.
Author(s): Amelia Whitman, Nancy De Lew, Andre Chappel, et al.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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