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Mobility for Health

Accessing healthcare, community resources, healthy food, and relief from social isolation is a challenge for historically-marginalized individuals living in the Portland Metro region. Ride Connection’s Mobility for Health program breaks down the barriers to transportation through strategic partnerships and collaboration to meet the needs of each individual and improve their social determinants of health.

Barriers to Transportation

  • Historically marginalized communities: The needs of those who are denied full participation in mainstream cultural, social, political, and economic activities can be overlooked in transportation planning. 

  • Language barriers: Foreign language speakers can have difficulty reading and understanding resources vital to accessing transportation and social services.

  • Geographical barriers: Rural and urban residents may not always be near public transportation options and may not have the means to get to them. 

"With COVID, it is increasingly hard for me to go to the store weekly for my food needs. Having food delivered to my doorstep weekly has been a godsend." - Laura , Food Box Delivery customer.

Strategies

  • Provide Travel Options Counseling at Community Resource Centers 

 

  • Electrify Vehicle Fleet to Provide Additional Safe, Responsive Transportation    

 

  • Identify Barriers to Access Transportation and Determine Solutions

A Ride Connection Mobility Specialist provides travel options at one of our Mobility for Health partner agencies, Centro Cultural. (Photo taken prior to March 2020 before Oregon’s face covering requirement was instated.)

Partners

In partnership with other local nonprofits and with the support of key stakeholders, Ride Connection has created the Mobility for Health program to help break down the barriers to access transportation options that connect individuals with essential services.

Through the Mobility for Health program, Ride Connection Mobility Specialists are working in collaboration with Providence Health and Services and Centro Cultural de Washington County to identify barriers facing historically marginalized communities when accessing transportation. This information will guide the implementation of strategies to enhance services for these individuals. Metropolitan Family Service, a long-time partner of Ride Connection, supports the Mobility for Health program through customer referrals and door-to-door service delivery.   

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are dedicated to these partnerships by providing travel options counseling at a safe social distance or virtually, conducting well check calls to customers and coordinating delivery of food boxes to those in need. 

 

PGE Drive Change Fund

 

Ride Connection recently welcomed its first electric vehicles to its fleet as part of the Mobility for Health program. The project has been made possible by DEQ’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program via the PGE Drive Change Fund.

Thank you to our Generous Funders!