Contributed by Judy Shanley
Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) was fortunate to be invited to conduct presentations at recent state and regional meetings around coordinated transportation planning including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Brownbag and the Work Without Limits Bi-Annual Transportation Meeting, a Massachusetts project supported in part by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS), Human Service Transportation Office. A range of human services and transit professionals listened as ESPA shared resources related to: engaging a broad range of human services and transit professionals in coordinated planning and mobility management, describing lessons learned from the Mobility Management Independent Living Coaches Program, facilitating connections across education and transit, and building travel training statewide systems. Attendees discussed topics and provided examples of their work related to leveraging resources, developing strategic and new partnerships, and measuring performance all along the way. As Tanja Ryden of the Human Service Transportation Office in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services observed, “State, regional, and local forums offer a rich environment to identify new partners in mobility management and share information to maximize the use of resources across communities.” If you are interested in finding coordination efforts underway in your state, check out the National Resource Center’s state by state listing.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012