Tag: Health

Veterans Transportation Program (VTP) – Health Benefits

Veterans Transportation Program (VTP)

VA’s Veterans Transportation Program (VTP) offers Veterans many travel solutions to and from their VA health care facilities. This program offers these services at little or no costs to eligible Veterans through the following services:

  • Beneficiary Travel (BT)
  • Veterans Transportation Service (VTS)
  • Highly Rural Transportation Grants (HRTG)

Veterans Transportation Service

The Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) provides safe and reliable transportation to Veterans who require assistance traveling to and from VA health care facilities and authorized non-VA health care appointments. VTS also partners with service providers in local communities to serve Veterans’ transportation needs. Partners include:

Learn more about the VTS program.

Find a VTS location near you.

Beneficiary Travel

The Beneficiary Travel (BT) program reimburses eligible Veterans for costs incurred while traveling to and from VA health care facilities. The BT program may also provide pre-approved transportation solutions and arrange special mode transportation (SMT) at the

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Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to health care access. – PubMed

Transportation barriers are often cited as barriers to healthcare access. Transportation barriers lead to rescheduled or missed appointments, delayed care, and missed or delayed medication use. These consequences may lead to poorer management of chronic illness and thus poorer health outcomes. However, the significance of these barriers is uncertain based on existing literature due to wide variability in both study populations and transportation barrier measures. The authors sought to synthesize the literature on the prevalence of transportation barriers to health care access. A systematic literature search of peer-reviewed studies on transportation barriers to healthcare access was performed. Inclusion criteria were as follows: (1) study addressed access barriers for ongoing primary care or chronic disease care; (2) study included assessment of transportation barriers; and (3) study was completed in the United States. In total, 61 studies were reviewed. Overall, the evidence supports that transportation barriers are an important barrier to healthcare

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Transportation and Health

Three female pedestrians crossing a street.

Transportation decisions that take place upstream affect our lives downstream. We all use various ways to get to work or school, to access healthy foods and to do countless other things every day. Yet poor transportation decisions can harm health and are not always fair across all communities.

For example, communities near a highway or major roadway are often low-income and communities of color. Living near a highway or major roadway increases a person’s exposure to traffic-related air pollution. Traffic-related air pollution is linked to respiratory conditions like wheezing and decreased lung functioning and also cardiovascular disease. Long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution is linked to childhood asthma.

APHA speaks out for transportation policy that improves, rather than hinders, public health. We believe in working with the transportation sector to create equitable and healthy transportation policies. 

Check out our two latest Transportation and Health Stories from the Field showing how

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In a Global Health Emergency, the Bicycle Shines

As the coronavirus crisis forces changes in transportation, some cities are building bike lanes and protecting cycling shops. Here’s why that makes sense.

Speaking in Parliament in London earlier this year, Chris Boardman, the former Olympian cyclist and the walking and cycling commissioner of Manchester, said: “Pick a crisis, and you’ll probably find cycling is a solution.”


He was talking about climate, health and air pollution, but he also might as well have been talking about coronavirus.


As Covid-19 rages, almost half of the world’s population is under some form of restricted movement. In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, people must stay home, aside from strictly limited essential trips for food and medicine and a daily outing for exercise. We all need to comply with restrictions to bring this life-threatening virus under control. I believe the best way to keep

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Free Transportation for Veterans – New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network

DAV Transportation Network
DAV van 

Requirements are:

 

  • You must be a veteran
  • Enrolled in VA health care
  • Reservations need to be made two weeks in advance, as volunteer drivers provide the service
Albany Charles Drew
(518) 626-5504
Hours:
5:30am-2:00pm
Serving: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, and Schnecetady counties.
Bath James (Ted) Steck
(607) 735-0583
Hours:
7:00am-3:00pm
Serving: Alleghany, Chemung and Steuben Counties.
Batavia Paul Judkins
(585) 297-1170
Hours:
7:00am-2:00pm
Serving: Genesee, Wyoming, and part of Erie and Livingston Counties.
Buffalo Robert McTighe
(716) 862-6544
Hours:
6:00am-2:00pm
Serving: Erie, Niagara and part of Cattaraugus Counties.
Canandaigua Nick Conrad
(585) 393-7585
Hours:
7:00am-2:00pm
Serving: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne Counties, and a small portion of Yates County.
Rochester Jeffrey Matthews
(585) 463-2661
Hours:
7:00am-1:00pm
Serving: Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca and Wayne Counties.
Syracuse Joseph Schneider
(315) 425-4400, ext. 54352
Hours:
8:00am-2:00pm
Serving: Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence Counties.
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Transportation Barriers to Health Care Access

Ahmed et al. [1] N = 413 adults
Urban (Dayton, Ohio), low SES 71 % female, 48 % Black, 42 % Appalachian Door to door survey on barriers to health care access “Difficulty finding transportation” (1) “Hard” or “very hard” time finding transportation (31 %) Arcury et al. [37] N = 1,059 adults
Rural (North Carolina), mixed SES, 662 female, 948 Whites, 112 Blacks Retrospective, comparing transportation barriers and health care utilization “Distance to care for… regular visit… for less serious emergency… for serious emergency” (3)
Has a driver’s license, any household member has a driver’s license, number of vehicles owned in household, days per week spent driving, relative or friend who regularly provides transportation for a family member, knowledge of organizations that provided transportation to health care and use of such transportation (7) Health care utilization associated with having a driver’s license (OR 2.29 more visits) and having a
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CDC – Healthy Places – Transportation and Health Tool

This website is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

“Transportation choices play an important role in building and maintaining healthy communities. The Transportation and Health Tool can help create safe and convenient transportation networks in communities. I look forward to continuing our collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation to make healthy transportation—biking, walking and taking public transit—the easy choice.”

Patrick Breysse, Director, CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The Healthy Community Design Initiative, also known as the Built Environment and Health Initiative, is no longer a funded program and the information on this website is not being reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

 

The online Transportation and Health Tool gives transportation decision-makers, health officials, and the public easy access to data to understand the health impact of an existing transportation system or proposed transportation

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