About the Initiative
In any given year, at least 3.6 million Americans do not obtain medical care because of a lack of transportation. Evidence shows that access to reliable transportation correlates with improved health outcomes and increases the utilization of services.
Launched in March 2016, HOP’s Transportation Initiative (TI) seeks to document the impact of transportation barriers on healthcare costs and to strengthen patient-centered transportation solutions through data gathering tools and effective collaborations. The initiative consists of two key projects: Rides to Wellness Community Scan and Not Just A Ride. The projects are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), respectively. To learn more about the initiative, download a one-page summary and press release.
NOT JUST A RIDE
NOT JUST A RIDE will strengthen existing efforts at health centers.
- Quality Improvement Toolkit: Development of a toolkit for health centers to support efforts on planning and implementing services to address transportation barriers faced by their patients.
- Learning Collaboratives: Establishment of three (3) state-based, peer-learning collaboratives for health centers, Primary Care Associations, clinic consortia, and other key partners to identify strategies, share successes, and document lessons learned.
- Transportation Resource Maps: Development of three (3) state-based, interactive maps that include transportation resources and services for learning collaborative participants.
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