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How is the COVID-19 pandemic shaping transportation access to healthcare?

Chen, K.L, Brozen, M., Rollman, J.E., Ward, T., Norris, K.C., Gregory, K.D., Zimmerman, F.J.

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Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis

Organizational Change/ Development
Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.
Network of people

Partnerships and Collaboration

Structural inequality during the pandemic has likely compounded health care access barriers for low-income individuals and people of color, who face not only disproportionate health risks, but also greater difficulty in transportation access and heightened economic hardship due to COVID-19. Partnerships between health and transportation systems hold promise for jointly addressing disparities in health- and transportation-related challenges, but are largely limited to Medicaid-enrolled patients. Findings of this study suggest that transportation and health care providers should look for additional strategies to ensure that transportation access is not a reason for delayed medical care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Transportation stakeholders need to collaborate to increase access to transportation services. This paper focused on specific health care needs including dialysis, prenatal care, cancer treatment, mental-health and substance use treatment, and health care for people with disabilities.

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Reduction of Health Disparities

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