Healthier Communities

Philanthropy

Transportation and Philanthropy

Throughout the United States, social determinants of health (SDOH) have begun emerging as a top priority for nonprofit health foundations and academic medical centers supported by philanthropy. This emergence is giving rise to new grantmaking opportunities, programs, and initiatives for the betterment of health in our neighborhoods and communities. But in the past, transportation, among …

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Fighting Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and the Mental Health Crisis

It has now been exactly one year since the first case of COVID-19 was identified. Many would have found it exceptionally difficult to imagine back then that a raging pandemic would bring the world to its knees, marking 2020 as a time filled with uncertainty, isolation, and despair. In response to the unprecedented circumstances, (some) …

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paratransit rides

Roundtrip is the ideal solution for paratransit rides

Why should you use Roundtrip for paratransit rides?  Roundtrip offers an innovative and integrated transit technology platform. Roundtrip expands mobility options for paratransit systems by allowing customers to book same-day point-to-point rides, regardless of physical ability. Our marketplace of vetted transportation providers (i.e., curb-to-curb, door-to-door, wheelchair van, etc.), all exist in the same place. This …

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California rideshare

California Rideshare: A Watershed Moment

In case you missed it, Lyft and Uber are having a watershed moment in California. At Roundtrip, we are big believers in the role that rideshare can play in delivering better health outcomes, but with Proposition 22 on the ballot in November, California may end up determining how much of a role rideshare will play in creating better access to care.   If voters vote ‘yes’ to the proposition, then app-based …

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accessibility

Inclusivity in Health-Tech

What does it mean to maintain inclusivity in health-tech? It’s no surprise that the healthcare field is undergoing rapid technological transformation. From niche molecular testing to online scheduling and billing platforms, companies large and small are tapping into the many inefficiencies of the highly regulated healthcare system. In general, the more regulation-abiding companies willing to …

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Designing a supplemental transportation benefit for Medicare Advantage Members

Every Medicare Advantage plan is thinking about how the social determinants of health fit into their supplemental benefit strategy, and in particular, the national market is focusing on transportation. This past October, we learned that in 2020, 33% of the 3,148 Medicare Advantage plans are going to offer some type of transportation benefit to their …

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How whole person care initiatives and data can create healthier communities

What is whole person care? Whole person care is about systems and services that support people in a person-centered, strengths-based way that includes health and non-health perspectives. A person may touch many health and government services based on needs including physical health, behavioral health, social services, housing, transportation and criminal justice. For instance, a person …

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How transportation can create a healthier world

The United States currently spends an estimated $3.5 trillion annually on healthcare (CMS), nearly twice the amount of other developed nations (Health System Tracker). The sad truth? Our health outcomes aren’t living up to their billing. This reality is chiefly because our healthcare system has yet to move beyond a “sick care” system where providers …

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