Check out the complete report HERE a quick snapshot of the report is available below!
We know that transportation in our region presents a diverse array of challenges and there are no quick fixes. From boat travel to bus routes, the way in which we access basic services has a large impact on our individual and community health as well as our health system. To be more effective together, the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network spearheaded a study to start the conversation about what we can do to improve access in our region and improve health equity. The information in the study was gathered through:
• 31 interviews with key community stakeholders
• Literature review of previous studies and conversations which you may have been a part of…
• 4 community engagement sessions – Bamfield, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet
• 2 round table discussions
From this information 4 themes emerged:
• There is lack of a coordinated approach in transportation networks, schedules and options
• Transportation is tied to mental and physical health and regional prosperity
• Time is as much a factor as money when it comes to affordability. Many people in the region cannot travel to and from an appointment in one day
• Stakeholders and community members are eager for solutions.
A series of 11 broad recommendations emerged from the study which can be distilled into 4 main themes.
• Encourage greater public engagement – establish a regional working group to identify and take action
• Improve coordination of services – central website, innovative health outreach programs, etc.
• Investigate medical travel options – wheels for wellness and community shuttles
• Enhance transportation corridors – highways, active transport options, recognizing marine corridors as significant transportation contributors