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Transportation and mobility (or lack thereof) can create challenges for older adults and people of all ages living in rural areas. The  resources below include the presentations from GIA's Beyond Here & There rural mobility summit. We invite you to share other important resources with us by email.

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Beyond Here & There Summit presentations

Orientation and Conference Goals: Taking Rural Mobility the Extra Mile  (PPT presentation here

John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging (GIA)
David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health and Director, Center for Technology and Aging, UC Berkeley

Opening Address: “Why and How” We Should & Can Transform Mobility in Rural America (PPT presentation here

Carol Wright Kenderdine, Co-Director, National Aging & Disability Transportation Center and Assistant Vice President, Mobility & Transportation, Easterseals, Inc.

Panel 1: Rural Transportation Models:  Perspectives from the Field

Amy St. Peter, MPA, Assistant Director & Title VI Coordinator, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County, AZ (Organizer/moderator) 

Charles Petersen, Program creator, Freedom Express, Wickenburg, AZ (PPT presentation here

Colleen Kuhn, Executive Director, Human Services Council, Washington state (PPT presentation here)  

Donna Harvey, CEO, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (PPT presentation here

Panel 2: Regulatory, Payor and Policy Opportunities and Constraints

Dennis Dudley, Aging Services Program Specialist, Region IX, Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Organizer/moderator)

Charles Dickson, Associate Director, Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) (PPT presentation here

Amanda Corbett, Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (PPT presentation here

Helen Ramon, Senior Program Officer, Bader Philanthropies (PPT presentation here

Panel 3: Emerging Technology Innovations & Challenges

David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health (Co-organizer/moderator)
Steve Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association Foundation (Co-organizer/moderator)

Corneil Montgomery, PhD, Senior Analyst-Program Lead, Social Innovations, Toyota Motors North America

Kevin Kane, Executive Director/CEO, Victor Valley Transit Authority, Victorville, CA (PPT presentation here)

Jeff Maltz, CEO, SilverRide (PPT presentation here)

Other Contacts

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and communities. It is funded through a cooperative agreement of Easterseals, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration.

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Articles, Briefs, Reports:

Inside PhilanthropyBetter Rural Mobility Through Technology: The Role for Philanthropy - a guest blog by John Feather

Aging and Mobility in Rural and Small Urban Areas: A Survey of North Dakota
Journal of Applied Gerontology
By Jeremy W. Mattson, June 4, 2010

Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation
Transportation for America, 2011

GIA Innovation Brief: Getting Around with the Freedom Express
This Grantmakers In Aging case study shows an innovative partnership that provides transportation in rural Arizona.

Medical Transportation Service Is a Lifesaver for Rural Missourians
The Daily Yonder
By Jenn Lukens, January 28, 2016

Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
By Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD Alex Evenson, MA Amanda Corbett, MPH Katy Kozhimannil, PhD Ira Moscovice, PhD, November 27, 2017

Transportation, Mobility, and Older Adults in Rural Michigan
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Behavioral Sciences Group
By Lidia P. Kostyniuk, Renée M. St. Louis, Nicole Zanier, David W. Eby, & Lisa J. Molnar
May 2012

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