Transportation and Health Access Report
The new report, Transportation and Health Access: Rides to Wellness Community Scan Project, conducted by Health Outreach Partners, describes the barrier that transportation (or lack thereof) poses in access to health care and its financial impact due to missed appointments. Based on a national survey with community health centers, findings uncovered no-show rates ranging from 11-30%, and the reasons for missed appointments are not being tracked. With the realization that transportation is a critical social determinant of health, and addressing it head on, there is greater potential for financial benefits and reaching health outcomes for health centers that are also likely transferable to other health care providers. MRHA and Community Asset Builders were contributors to the report, which includes six profiles of communities – one of which is Missouri’s HealthTran initiative – which is taking action to address barriers, improve outcomes and decrease loss of revenue.