Newly Released

Rural Philanthropy Toolkit (Rural Health Information Hub 2019). Developed with partners at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit compiles model programs and resources and provides guidance to assist in preparing for partnerships with philanthropies, conducting outreach to philanthropies, and establishing and sustaining relationships with philanthropies.

A Guidebook for Communications between Transportation and Public Health Communities (AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability, 2019). A user-friendly guidebook for state and local transportation professionals that identifies the challenges and best practices for successful communication and collaboration between transportation and public health professionals. The guidebook highlights the mission and processes of each community to enable a fundamental understanding between the professional communities.

Opportunities to Improve Community Mobility through Community Health Needs Assessments (National Center for Mobility Management 2018). As a part of the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals are required to perform community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years to identify the obstacles to improving community health, and then to create an action plan to address those obstacles. Many of these CHNAs have subsequently focused on mobility issues, which include access to transportation, safe biking and pedestrian facilities, and the ability to reach essential amenities, among other factors that inhibit or enable people to achieve better health outcomes.

This report explains CHNAs, what steps certain communities, guided by their CHNAs, have taken to address mobility challenges, and what, if any, impact such strategies have had. The report also identifies opportunities and strategies for mobility professionals to play a greater role in the CHNA process and engage local healthcare entities in community mobility issues.

Redefining Access: The Role of Transportation in Access to Health Care.  As health care systems pay closer attention to the costs associated with caring for patients, they are turning to social factors that impact overall health. The lack of transportation can be a leading barrier to accessing care and can cause an overuse of emergency services. Stakeholders from across the health and transportation spectrum will discuss the role of transportation as a social determinant of health and provide local examples of how transportation can work with health care providers to support overall community health. View videos of the perspectives presented by: Kalpana Ramiah, Vice President of Innovation and Director, Essential Hospitals Institute, at America's Essential Hospitals and Flora Castillo, President, Pivot Strategies LLC