Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The Health and Medicine Division and the Transportation Research Board, program divisions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, jointly conducted a two-day workshop intended to examine community level data relating to building partnerships between health and transportation providers, including identifying data from health care providers, existing measures, and other information relevant to measuring the value of the relationship and partnerships between public transit services and health care and to calculate the return on investment. The workshop was supported by the Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation.

This workshop took place on June 6-7, in Room 125 of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, located at 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, in Washington, DC. 

Objectives for this workshop included:  

  • Showcase local examples of systems of transportation to health care and other services (including formal and informal partnerships); 
  • Explore relevant local information systems and data sources relevant to estimating the value of transportation and health care in various settings;
  • Examine existing, locally-relevant performance measures  pertinent to the relationship between transit/transportation services and health care outcomes (e.g., missed health care appointments, hospital readmissions); and 
  • Discuss what is needed to calculate the return on investment for public transit (including the Rides to Wellness Initiative) and health care delivery system spending on transportation services.

(A more detailed description of the scope of work is provided under Background.)

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Previous Meetings for this Activity