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PVVTA – Blythe Wellness Express to Receive Grant

September 14, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday September 12, the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) announced a grant to the Riverside County Transportation of $185,753 for the Blythe Wellness Express. This program provides access to preventative healthcare for South California residents. This travel navigator/mobility management coordination project will address access to services in an underserved area and involve staff from the public transit agency, healthcare providers and community volunteers.

Grants, such as the local Blythe Wellness Express will build partnerships between health, transportation and other service providers to address the problem of how to get people without vehicles to doctors and wellness appointments to help them maintain good health.

These grants are part of FTA’s Rides to Wellness Initiative, which emphasizes public transportation as a strategy for people to access non-emergency healthcare, resulting in better health, fewer hospital visits and lower costs. The initiative focuses on improving the health of those with chronic conditions and ensuring that at-risk populations can get to wellness appointments, healthy food, and community services. Many of the projects selected to receive funding such as the Blythe Wellness Express, introduce technology to forge new connections, while others focus on teaching patients and caregivers how to access and understand transit systems.

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