This panel will highlight three recent collaborative efforts between academia and transportation that focus on how access to transportation affects the health and quality of life of older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Presenters will discuss:
• A long-time UMass Boston on-line course on “Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options”
• A new course for Babson MBA students that gives them the opportunity to use Design Thinking processes in order to help the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the MBTA RIDE understand and address transportation challenges
• A population-centered community health track for second-year medical students at UMass Medical School (UMMS)’s Baystate Springfield campus where students study health equity and outcome through the lens of transportation access for rural residents, and
• How the experience of a future doctor studying in the UMMS health track is likely to influence his patient practice.
Speakers will also highlight how COVID-19 has impacted the way in which they build relationships with communities with transportation needs and the organizations that assist them.