Transportation

The link between mental health and transportation barriers
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The link between mental health and transportation barriers

Transportation is a major social determinant of health and health equity. It’s one of the most frequently needed of the HUB Pathways that Health Care Access Now (HCAN)’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) address with clients. The ability to access reliable, convenient, safe transportation is intertwined with mental health. It goes both ways: Mental health issues…

Transportation to medical appointments: The effect of MCO-contracted rides
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Transportation to medical appointments: The effect of MCO-contracted rides

Imagine you didn’t have access to a reliable personal vehicle, or that your monthly budget for gas had already been spent. How do you get to your doctor’s appointments? You could call a friend or family member to give you a ride—but they have jobs from which it is difficult to get time off. You…

Overcoming obstacles to establishing a medical home
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Overcoming obstacles to establishing a medical home

People who have not established a medical home often have neglected to do so because they face obstacles that can seem insurmountable.  A medical home is the central provider (or group of providers) patients use for health care. A general practitioner serves as the fundamental health advisor, but other specialists—such as a dentist, optometrist, OB-GYN,…