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16 Jun 22

Out of Reach for Access to Care

Telehealth was perhaps the most positive outcome of COVID-19. When cities and states announced stay-at-home mandates, telehealth became a critical path to maintaining our nation’s health. Still, telehealth could not answer such in-person medical needs as dialysis, cancer treatment, surgical treatment, and even some  behavioral health therapy, including substance use treatment. This became particularly true…

19 May 22

West Virginians are Connecting Downstream Health Problems to Upstream Issues…and Providing Recommendations to Transportation Planners Along the Way

After reading the title of this blog, you might be wondering what ‘downstream’ and ‘upstream’ have to do with transportation.  These are common terms in the public health world to describe two different approaches to community health improvement. When looking at an upstream intervention, we’re talking about measures that can be taken before a health…

05 May 22

ACL Programs Support Transportation Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Guest Blogger – Victoria Wright, Program Manager, Transit Planning for All Project, U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).   The Administration for Community Living (ACL) focuses on maximizing the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers. ACL’s vision for all people, regardless of age and…

29 Apr 22

What Have We Learned From the COVID Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed how we live, work, and connect with our communities and family. The pandemic has tremendously altered how transit and human services transportation programs provide services and support their communities. As I struggled to think of an interesting way to express what human services transportation providers and public transit gained…

23 Mar 22

Do you Want to Tackle Transportation Coordination? Then Tackle TACL!

Guest Blogger – Cara Marcus, MSLIS, the Resource Center Manager for National RTAP and the Chair of the TACL Task Force.         What is TACL? You’ve definitely heard about transportation coordination – and your agency may be in the planning, implementation, or management stage.  But have you heard about TACL?  Don’t worry if…

24 Feb 22

E-Bikes Increase Mobility Access for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Guest Blogger – Mitch LaRosa is the Chief Development Officer at Shared Mobility Inc. Mitch’s work focuses on developing new, innovative shared-use transportation solutions that prioritize community-control and inclusivity. Feel free to reach out and email him at mitch@sharedmobility.org. In the summer of 2020, during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Shared Mobility Inc. (SMI), a NY-based…

03 Feb 22

Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is generally understood to be the recruitment, harboring, transporting, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through force, fraud our coercion, and has become the fastest growing enterprise in the world, creating a multi-billion dollar a year criminal industry. Since its inception in 2010, the President…

27 Dec 21

Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What We Have Learned So Far

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We hear these words a lot, in the media, in our workplaces, even in everyday conversation…but what do they mean when applied to transportation? These are complex issues without simple answers, deserving of time and attention by all who care about the availability of accessible transportation for all who live in…

22 Dec 21

Adult Changing Stations Become a Common Amenity in Several States

BACKGROUND The United States has had a long history of connecting people to various parts of the country through a network of highways, roads and bridges. Modes of travel have certainly evolved over the years, and with the development of the automobile it expanded the idea of constant movement around our cities and towns, road…

14 Dec 21

Transportation’s Challenging COVID Recovery

The promise of a return to “normal life” has preoccupied just about every sector during the pandemic. But transportation has faced its own unique challenges, especially human services transportation providers. From pauses on travel training programs to limited vehicle capacity and the challenges of social distancing, pre-pandemic standard operations of transit systems still seem slightly…