Lack of transportation impacts our access to healthcare, healthy food, employment, and spiritual and social support. We can improve the health of individuals and our community with expanded access to transportation.
Because Dallas County’s growth has outpaced the services and infrastructure available to support health in our communities, many residents must travel farther for medical care, food, and social services. Transportation is a significant barrier and cost burden for some households. Monthly transportation costs for a family in Dallas County range from $526 to $790 per month (United Way of Central Iowa.)
HIRTA buses are the only public transportation option available in Dallas County. We have many single-car households and families who cannot afford gas or repairs for cars they own. A local chapter of Rotary partnered with Dallas County Public Health, HIRTA, faith-based organizations, and supportive citizens to create a grassroots solution called SAIL-DC, a volunteer program offering rides for persons in and around Dallas Center. Because the volunteers are available outside of weekday HIRTA operation hours, this fills a void. Dallas County Hospital and community partners are exploring the possibility of a similar program in Perry.
Call Dallas County Health Navigation (515-993-3750) for help with transportation options.