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“No one should have to miss work or a doctor’s appointment or not be able to get groceries for their family because they don’t have a way to get there.”

– Dr. Angela Reddix

According to a 2013 study conducted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank, “inadequate public transit and car affordability emerged as significant barriers to attaining and maintaining employment.”

Transportation is a vital social determinant of health affecting all the other social determinants of health such as access to jobs, schools, healthcare, groceries, and social services.

ARDX can partner with communities and municipalities and share the benefit of its experience partnering with local health departments on workforce development programs, which included ensuring there was transportation/public transit for participants to overcome the barrier to employment.

Case Study

Case-in-Point: Without reliable transportation, many people cannot work. Those who experience unemployment and poverty are at the highest risk for poor economic and health outcomes in accordance with the social determinants of health, but the Baltimore City Department for Social Services (BCDSS) had historically low participation in their workforce development programs and ongoing challenges with participant engagement. These risks affected a disproportionate percentage of women and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) within Baltimore City. ARDX teamed with BCDSS to provide accessible and compassionate strategies to empower participants to engage in work programs while simultaneously providing access to exceptional service and necessary support services such as transportation, childcare, and coordination.