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(Jefferson City) – Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (SMTS) has been awarded $499,906 from the Missouri Foundation of Health on behalf of HealthTran partners, including Ozarks Medical Center and Southern Missouri Community Health Center, to study the impact of providing public transportation services in conjunction with service delivery coordination services.

The project is focused on services for individuals at the hospital emergency room or local community health centers with mouth pain, chronic diabetes and hypertension and also indicate a lack of consistent reliable transportation.

SMTS will contract with the Missouri Rural Health Association (MHRA) to administer the grant, with support from the Missouri Public Transit Association. HealthTran will be implemented in the Missouri counties of Christian, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright.

The Missouri Rural Health Association is a non-profit, grass-roots, member-driven organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes its mission by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communication, education, and research. The Missouri Public Transit Association was founded in 1980 to represent the interests, policies, requirement and purposes of public transportation in Missouri and values personal mobility as a basic quality of life.

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