Advocate for Improved Infrastructure
|“It is essential to citizens. If infrastructure isn’t there, then trucks can’t bring goods, ambulances can’t get to where they need to go, people can’t get to jobs.” – Dan Ross, Executive Director of the Missouri Municipal League |
Gov. Parson has championed investment in infrastructure. Missouri’s poor roads, and the greater distances to care for rural residents, complicate access to care. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, “Rural Missourians generally have to travel excessive distances to obtain specialty care. Given the lower incomes and increased age of rural residents, the lack of social services can mean no access to, or less consistent care for, vulnerable populations.”
Distance to care is further exacerbated by the state’s roads and bridges. According to the national transportation research group TRIP, Missouri ranks 11th of the top 25 states with the highest percentage of major rural roads in poor condition. Poor roads are a contributing factor for delays in emergency care and contribute to the higher rate of rural fatalities from motor vehicle accidents.
Missouri hospitals stand ready to collaborate with state government and others to advocate for improved infrastructure throughout the state.
Let’s work together to #ReimagineRuralHealth.