Transportation for health-related services — including those in Texas County — would improvement under a nearly $500,000 grant awarded to a regional organization.
HealthTran is focused on services for individuals at the hospital emergency room or local community health centers with mouth pain, chronic diabetes and hypertension who indicate a lack of consistent reliable transportation.
Southeast Missouri Transportation Service Inc. will contract with the Missouri Rural Health Association (MHRA) to administer the grant, with support from the Missouri Public Transit Association. HealthTran partners include Ozarks Medical Center, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Missouri Ozarks Community Health, OATS Inc., and Southern Missouri Community Health Center.
HealthTran will be implemented in the south central region of Missouri in the counties of Christian, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.
“For many rural residents the lack of transportation to healthcare facilities is a huge barrier to accessing quality medical care,” said Mary Dyck, vice president of clinical services for Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. “Transportation to medical care was even identified as one of the top health needs in OMC’s most recent community health needs assessment. We are so pleased that this funding will assist individuals in seeking timely medical care. This is an important step to improving the overall health of our community.”
Funding was provided in part by The Missouri Foundation for Health, which is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves. The Missouri Public Transportation Association is also a key partner and supporter of the effort.
The Missouri Rural Health Association is a non-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes its mission by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communication, education and research.
The Missouri Public Transit Association was founded in 1980 to represent the interests, policies, requirement and purposes of public transportation in Missouri and values personal mobility as a basic quality of life.