A new funding opportunity could help essential hospitals strengthen and leverage relationships with community partners to overcome transportation-related barriers to health care access.

The Health Care Access Design Challenge is offered through the Federal Transit Administration’s National Center for Mobility Management. The award will support treatment for:

  • chronic diseases that require continual, frequent appointments, such as chemotherapy or dialysis;
  • acute, immediate, or unpredictable health care needs, such as hospital discharge or emergencies that do not qualify for ambulance transport;
  • post-hospitalization recovery; and
  • behavioral health, including substance abuse treatment.

Applications are due by 9 pm ET on Oct. 5. Seven community teams will each receive up to $30,000, as well as direct technical assistance. For more information on the challenge, view the full request for proposals.

For more information on how essential hospitals partner with community organizations to fill social needs, visit essentialcommunities.org.