The Health Policy Institute of Ohio released a new fact sheet titled “Transit and Health Equity,” which explores the connection between transportation access and health.
According to the fact sheet, “Transportation access is critical for good health across the lifespan.” The fact sheet notes:
- Transportation to prenatal care and healthy food can improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality disparities.
- Reliable transportation offers better access to jobs which supports self-sufficient employment, and in turn, can lead to higher income and better physical and mental health.
- Transportation access connects older adults to friends and family, health care, volunteer opportunities and other activities and supports necessary for healthy aging.
The fact sheet also includes links to existing state plans that include strategies for policymakers to consider for improving transit.