HealthTran is administered by the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA). Its mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes this by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues. This is done through advocacy, communication, and education. HealthTran was born from this mission and is designed to address rural transportation limitations and barriers.
Through HealthTran, rides to health and wellness visits are coordinated and scheduled within minutes or as far as a month in advance. HeathTran partners with community organizations to increase transportation options, using existing transportation providers. It also creates new transportation lines with vetted, trained volunteers who understand the rural transportation needs of family, friends, and neighbors.
How HealthTran Works:
A community champion brings the program to life. A champion is usually a dedicated health provider but can be anyone.
HealthTran works with champions and community stakeholders to determine where people need to go, the distance to care, and gaps that need to be filled.
HealthTran recruits volunteers with a heart for service and a desire to change lives one ride at a time
HealthTran provides support and coordination to link riders with the most affordable transportation option.
HealthTran, founded more than five years ago, works to reduce emergency room usage and missed health and wellness visits. Getting people to medicine, food, and other wellness needs is essential in every rural community. Learn more about the intricacies of rural transit. Check out this article, ““Meeting the Transportation Needs of Rural Communities.”
Our Drivers Have A Heart for Service
Why Consider HealthTran?
If transportation poses barriers in your organization or health care facility, you should consider partnering with HealthTran.
HealthTran might be the solution for your organization or community, if you struggle with any of the following:
Patients missing health and wellness appointments due to transportation challenges
Limited or no transportation options
Lack of staff to coordinate transportation for rural residents with a transportation need
Lack of knowledge about transportation options in your community
Limited resources to address transportation challenges within your organization
Time constraints for coordinating transportation for health, wellness and social care appointments
HealthTran’s Approach to Quality Transportation
HealthTran takes a personalized approach in developing individual, organization, and community health care transportation solutions. We collaborate with health care and social care providers to create an innovative community environment that improves access to care and health outcomes. We also vet and train volunteer drivers who live in the communities we serve.
Our strong sense of identification with the individuals and organizations we serve, means that we constantly strive to provide solutions that meet partner needs. We take a progressive approach to technology and value seamless interaction with HealthTran members to ensure the best value for their membership.
Here’s What You Can Expect:
A flexible solution designed to meet your intricate needs
Assistance with transportation coordination through locally based HealthTran coordinators
The latest technology to meet the needs of riders, partners and drivers
Friendly volunteer drivers with a heart for service
HealthTran reaches three regions within Missouri, including an 11-county region in South Central Missouri, a four-county region in Northwest Missouri, and a three-county region in West Central Missouri. Expansion efforts are underway in several other regions of the state, including Central Missouri.