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Improving Health and Wellness via Transportation

Accessible transportation is a key aspect of a healthy community, and transportation is a critical element for people who wish to live independent, healthy lives.  Traveling by public transportation, walking or bicycling improves air quality and encourages exercise.   In addition, accessible transportation ensures that people with or without disabilities have a way to get to their desired destinations. 

Easter Seals Project ACTION researches, supports and provide resources for two branches of the health and transportation connection: 1) the connection between activity (walking, bicycling and using transit) and well-being and 2) the connection between access to transportation and health maintenance through access to health care (physician appointments, medical procedures, and public health programs).  Photo of Couple  

Individuals with limited transportation options face difficult decisions about their health and well-being and may forego medical treatment. Combined with a sedentary lifestyle, these situations could place an individual’s health and wellness at risk.   In rural communities, health care services can often be located more than an hour drive from home, and pre-arranged transportation is essential to access these services.  Many veterans returning to civilian life learn they need medical services that were not needed previously and must make arrangements for those services.  When making decisions about their health, individuals without access to transportation are left with few options, and may need to consider moving closer to a medical facility or foregoing much needed medical care.

Easter Seals Project ACTION has two partnerships with the American Medical Association and the National Center on Senior Transportation and Logisticare that support both understanding the health and transportation connection and promoting patient-physician discussion of transportation needs. 

Planning for Transportation After Medical Services (Pocket guide developed in partnership with the American Medical Association)

Developed by ESPA and the American Medical Association, this brochure is a useful resource for both physicians and patients discussing transportation options before or after a medical procedure. Available in English and Spanish, the guide provides information and tips about planning for transportation, the types of transportation available, considering how your health status affects the type of transportation you choose, and also includes a place for notes and phone numbers.

View the Planning for Transportation After Medical Services Pocket Guide

Doctor With Patient Intersection between Health & Wellness and Transportation (Research conducted in partnership with the National Center on Senior Transportation, American Medical Association and LogistiCare)

Easter Seals Project ACTION, in coordination with the National Center on Senior Transportation, partnered with the American Medical Association and LogistiCare to increase understanding about the intersection between access to transportation resources and services, and the health and wellness of patients. View joint press release about the study.

Dr. Thomas Prohaska’s team of researchers completed their work for this study on the intersection between health & wellness and transportation. The following resources and findings are available for download.


Health and Transportation – Partners in Wellness & Affordable Healthcare
, presentation at the National Center on Mobility Management Webinar by Mary Leary, vice president, Easter Seals Transportation Group, March 2014.

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