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Rides to Wellness

Federal Transit Administration Ladders of Opportunity Health and Transportation Initiative.  

Wellness depends upon many factors, including making sure people can get a ride to the healthcare they need. Today, in many communities, public transportation is a coordinated and multi-modal system with significant capacity for ondemand
services. Especially since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, our nation’s transportation
infrastructure has been developed to ensure that people who depend upon public transportation and require accessibility
can utilize these services to live with independence in the communities of their choice. With the health services industry’s
current focus on preventive services and other methods to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical care there is
an emerging awareness of the need to increase partnerships between health/wellness providers and transportation
providers. As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) launched
the “Rides to Wellness Initiative.”


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