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Kid One Transport: Overcoming Transportation Obstacles to Medical Care in Alabama

| Updated March 18, 2018

Providing transportation to medical appointments for children and expectant mothers in need.

The mission of Kid One Transport is to provide transportation for children and expectant mothers, with limited or no means of transportation, to needed medical care. Founded in 1997, Kid One is Alabama’s only nonprofit transportation service that provides transportation to medical care to any child under the age of 19 and expectant mothers regardless of medical condition, financial situation, or destination. Since 1997, Kid One Transport has provided over 350,000 transports to over 39,000 children and expectant mothers in the state who could not receive needed medical care because they did not have transportation. Kid One has 19 drivers operating 21 vehicles, in 35 counties of Alabama. Kid One’s long-term goal is to make sure that no Alabama family ever must skip medical care due to a transportation barrier.

Transportation by the numbers

In 2016, Kid One provided 22,852 transports to over 2,500 children and expectant mothers. Kid One provides transportation to basic health services and treatment for life-threatening illnesses. Some examples include preventative care/well visits, dialysis, life-saving surgeries, chemotherapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation services and dental and vision appointments. 35 percent of the clients we serve report that they use our services due to chronic health issues for child clients including kidney problems, heart conditions, asthma and many others which require regular and frequent visits to medical facilities.

Medical care barriers

In Alabama, there are many difficulties that patients face when it comes to reaching the care that they need. These difficulties are compounded when they are faced with poverty and other disparities, including their socioeconomic status, health status, location and lack of transportation – resulting in a barrier to medical care. The most recently released Kids Count Data Book ranks Alabama child health and well-being 44th of 50 states. 83 percent of Kid One families have a combined total income of less than $10,000 and 75 percent have a high school education or less. 27.5 percent of Alabama’s children live in poverty, 13 percent in extreme poverty. Not only is Alabama affected by poverty, but they are also severely affected with mothers not receiving the care they need for their unborn children. In the state of Alabama, 27 percent of live births were to women who did not receive adequate prenatal care (National Center for Health Statistics.)

The road to health

The transportation Research Board of the National Academies found that more than 70,000 Alabama residents miss or delay non-emergency health care each year due to transportation issues. Over 97 percent of Kid One clients do not own a car or cannot drive the one they own due to cost constraints, particularly if they are traveling long distance into metropolitan areas to receive specialized services. Many of our clients live in counties that do not have general hospitals, OB/GYN, or specialty providers. These realities mean that many Alabama residents must travel a fair amount of distance to receive the care they need.

Kid One and their donors are ensuring that these children and mothers have access to the medical care they need. Everyone deserves the best health outcomes no matter their medical condition, financial situation or distance to a specialty healthcare provider.

For more information on how to get involved or donate to Kid One Transport, visit their website: kidone.org

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