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The Intersection Between Rural Health Care and Transportation. Valerie Miller Medical Transportation Specialist Community Transportation Association of America [email protected] When health care is provided but the patient can’t access it, is it really health care?.

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The Intersection Between Rural Health Care and Transportation

Valerie Miller

Medical Transportation Specialist

Community Transportation Association of America

[email protected]


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When health care is provided but the patient can’t access it, is it really health care?

Is transportation any good if we don’t take people where they need to go?


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Especially in rural areas, when the two intersect, better health outcomes result

  • Transportation solutions come from collaborations , combined funding and resources and coordination


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Transportation Resources are only a click away

  • http://www.apta.com/links/state_local/ by state and by county transportation

  • http://www.ctaa.org/arc click on United We Ride Ambassadors

  • www.eldercare.gov for senior service transportation

  • www.cancer.org for the American Cancer Society

  • Or call your metropolitan planning organization to see if they work with transportation coordination in the area.


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What can be done to make the connection work better?

  • Health care and transportation working together can make the outcome more successful

    • Transportation can be when it is needed

    • Transportation can be where it is needed

    • Transportation can be more affordable


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South Dakota Project

  • Public Transit in Pierre South Dakota

  • Hospital in Pierre South Dakota

  • American Cancer Society Midwest Division

  • SDDOT


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Health professionals and transportation professionals

  • All worked together to form a pilot project to schedule medical trips for cancer treatment geographically so long distance medical transportation needs could be served.

  • Team meets monthly to continue outreach to patients and to insure transportation routes are on appropriate days

  • Group is identifying new ways to expand to other areas


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Don’t let the intersection turn into a dead end.

  • Rural medical transportation is not a sure thing. The need is growing.

  • As our population ages, more people rely on some means of transportation to have access to medical care.

  • In order that this transportation receives the necessary funding to exist, it is important to continue to educate those around us to make them aware of the need.


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Health care and Transportation

  • The intersection of collaboration and coordination

  • We have to work together for healthy communities


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Valerie Miller

  • Community Transportation Association of America

  • Medical Transportation Specialist

  • 202 294 2212

  • [email protected]

  • www.ctaa.org


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