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MSDH offers transportation program


CoffeeTime: “UNGRATEFUL PEOPLE ARE LOSERS”

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is launching a program to reduce transportation to healthcare in both rural and urban areas.


Funded by a new federal grant, Transportation to Health, which started November 1, is providing patient transportation to and from county health departments and offices for health services.


In addition, patients will have the opportunity to pick up prescriptions at partnering pharmacies if they were prescribed during their health department appointment.

State Health Officer Dr. Edney explains: “Improving and protecting the health of all Mississippians is the mission of our agency. This new program will assist us

in achieving the mission. Creating access to health care is always the best choice.”

For new or existing appointments, patients will contact the MSDH call center at 855-767-0170 to request transportation. The Office of Health Equity will coordinate

an Uber ride at no cost to the patient, and no need to download an app.

“Transportation to Health can eliminate delayed or missed appointments by the most vulnerable people in Mississippi,” said Victor D. Sutton, Chief of Community

Health and Clinical Services at MSDH. “With Mississippi being a rural state, this initiative will also create opportunities for community and economic development

by creating jobs. Uber will support MSDH in developing a plan to support driver availability within the program service area.”

For more information about the new Transportation to Health program, visit HealthyMS.com/rides.





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