In Nashville, TN, Neighborhood Health, a nonprofit organization that serves patients regardless of their ability to pay, partners with the city’s transit organization to get people to appointments.
Health and Transportation Resource Center
The pursuit of good health and well-being is inextricably intertwined with an individual’s ability to move freely about their community. Mobility choices available to an individual can be a driver in where a person chooses to live, the social and health-promoting activities they pursue, and the health-related services they access. Thus their health and well-being can be greatly impacted by choices offered and decisions made in the health care services, public health, social services, and transportation sectors.
This resource center has been created to assist mobility management professionals and their communities in understanding the intersection specifically among health care, public health, and transportation. (Note that when we talk about “transportation,” we are referring not only to the actual vehicles that move people, but also the infrastructure that allows people to connect to and use those vehicles and on which those vehicles travel.)
Within this Resource Center, we discuss the common (and sometimes divergent) goals and activities within the health care, public health, and transportation sectors, and offer resources to help better align these goals and activities and promote overall good health and well-being. Mobility management professionals can explore how mobility intersects with public health and health care, read and watch case examples of communities integrating mobility and health in practice, and browse NCMM’s resource library of relevant resources. Our goal with this Center to give you the tools to forge new alliances and better serve your community.
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Introductory Resources on Health and Transportation
US DOT and CDC Health and Transportation Tool
This tool provides data on a set of transportation and public health indicators for each U.S. state and metropolitan area that describe how the transportation environment affects safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations.
CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy
This document provides policy and program recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that protect and promote health while accomplishing primary transportation goals and objectives.
A Guidebook for Communications between Transportation and Public Health Communities
This 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.
Recent Blog Posts on Health and Mobility:
In Will County, IL, a Chicago exurb, Census tract surveys found that transit was a major barrier for women to get to their annual wellness visits. The Will County Health Department (WCHD) partnered with Pace Suburban Bus, a local transit agency, to connect women with bus vouchers to access necessary preventative care.
Mobility leaders from around the country gathered in person and virtually to learn about successful cross-sector partnerships that are making
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK is a county covering an area the size of West Virginia with a population about the size
Opioid addiction is a particularly insidious disease, one that is more recently leading to a spike in overdose deaths. Recent
Innovative Mobility Access Program in Rural New Jersey Community Connecting Seniors with Preventative Medical Care
goHunterdon, a Transportation Management Association in Hunterdon County, NJ partners with a local healthcare provider to provide free Lyft and