The Healthcare Access Design Challenge 2017 was a funding opportunity to assist communities in addressing health care access issues within one of four challenge areas: access to behavioral health treatment, treatment for chronic disease, ongoing treatment for post-hospitalization recovery and avoidance of re-hospitalization, and treatment for acute/immediate care.
The goals of the projects were to 1) support communities in designing ready-to-launch healthcare transportation solutions that improve access in each of the four challenge areas, and 2) disseminate results of the communities’ work to facilitate the implementation of solutions in part or in whole by other communities. Seven communities were given grants to design innovative transportation solutions focused on one of four related to healthcare access; their work was completed in October 2018.
Learn more about the teams' work
Access to Behavioral Health Treatment
- El Paso Co., CO: Simplifying Transportation Access for Behavioral Health Patients (Read video transcript here)
- Shiawassee Co., MI: Embracing a Community Network to Support Recovery from Addiction (Read video transcript here)
- Tarrant Co., TX: Using Technology to Guide Behavioral Health Patients to Treatment (Read video transcript here)
Treatment for Chronic Disease
- Rural Oklahoma: Building Community Support for Patients Receiving Dialysis Treatment
Ongoing Treatment for Post-Hospitalization Recovery and Avoidance of Re-Hospitalization
- Coahoma and Quitman Cos., MS: Improving Access to Recovery Post-Hospitalization
- Rockingham Co., VA: Improving Access to Healthcare with Dignity of Choice (Read video transcript here)
Treatment for Acute/Immediate Care
- Springfield, MA: Assisting Patients with Navigating Their Transportation Choices (Read video transcript here)
Listen to the teams pitch their solutions
- Healthcare Access Design Challenge 2017 grantees' business pitches (delivered in October 2018)
- Learn more about how to apply design thinking to mobility challenges at the Design Thinking for Mobility website or by taking NCMM's free online course, Creating Innovative Transportation Solutions
- Contact Amy Conrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Community Transportation Association of America about the grant projects.