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Social Determinants of Health: Transportation and the Role of Hospitals

Published: by American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust

Topic: Rural and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), News | Resource type: Guides

Every year, 3.6 million people in the U.S. do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. Transportation issues, which affect rural and urban communities, may result in missed or delayed health care appointments, increased health expenditures and overall poorer health outcomes.

"Transportation and the Role of Hospitals" discusses how transportation issues affect health and health care access and outlines strategies for hospitals and health systems, including screening and evaluating patients' transportation needs and providing transportation services through community partnerships or programs. Transportation also can be a vehicle for wellness as reliable and safe transportation options are essential for healthy communities.

This guide highlights initiatives at four hospitals and health care systems¬— CalvertHealth Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center, Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital and Taylor Regional Hospital —that are addressing transportation issues in their communities.

This guide is part of a series of resources released by the AHA, HRET and ACHI on how hospitals can address the social determinants of health.

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