Feasibility of Using Rideshare Transportation to Reduce Barriers to Participating in a Clinic-Based Food Insecurity Intervention
Support for the 2019 CSA Partnerships for Health season was provided by Uber Northwest, CareOregon Community Giving, Kaiser Permanente Special Initiative Grants, Providence Health and Services Grants and Sponsorships, USDA National Institution of Food and Agriculture Community Food Project Grant (no. 215-33899-24194/Project Accession no.1006979). This feasibility study was funded by a Portland State University faculty development grant.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships-Research Education and Action
Background: Few clinic-based food insecurity interventions address transportation barriers to utilizing food resources. Objectives: We assessed the feasibility of using free rideshare-based transportation to reduce barriers to participating in an ongoing clinic-based food insecurity intervention. Methods: Our multi-methods pilot study used patient surveys (n = 155), focus groups with clinic and program staff (n = 10), and rideshare usage data. Results: Of the 95 (61.2%) survey respondents who reported transportation barriers, only 34 (21.9%) used rideshare. More than 80% of rideshare users rated their experience as good or excellent. Clinic and program staff reported that the service allowed patients a greater sense of control over their time and health and emphasized the need for staffing and program-level infrastructure. Conclusions: Free rideshare may address transportation barriers for some patients but multiple options for support and adjustments to how we offer transportation solutions are needed to successfully meet the needs of all program participants experiencing transportation barriers.
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Izumi, B. T., Gonzalez, L. A., Ness, S., & Messer, L. C. (2023). Feasibility of using rideshare transportation to reduce barriers to participating in a clinic-based food insecurity intervention. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 17(2), 287-294.