As an employer in a rural community, it is imperative that individuals remain healthy to ensure ongoing economic stability and growth for future generations. No matter the industry, lost work days equate to a loss in revenue. How does contributing to a community-based transportation model benefit you, as a local employer, and how can your employees maximize the service? Whether you are a bank, pharmacy, retail operation, school, medical facility, etc., it is in your best interest for your patrons and customers to remain healthy and independent to sustain the economic vitality of your community. If individuals are healthy, they are working. If they are working, they are generating income, which in turn means they will be spending money locally to support the local economy.
It is even more important for retirees and seniors to maintain health. When people are healthy, they frequent restaurants, travel, and spend resources in the community. Once individuals lose this independence, their resources often follow them. For example, when individuals move to assisted living or a nursing home, their resources generally go with them, and often are paid to state or federally funded programs to support their care arrangements, rather than being retained in the local bank, spent to purchase prescriptions from the local pharmacy, or being used to buy groceries from the local market. As the “baby boomer” population continues to advance in age, employers need to be active partners in helping local residents maintain their independence as long as possible, so they can continue to support the local economy through purchase of local products and services.
By supporting HealthTran through a variety of membership options, employers can contribute resources that ensure access to care for individuals who may not have transportation for a variety of reasons (e.g., no vehicle, temporary or permanent disability that prevents driving, no family member or friend available to drive, too many appointments for friends or family to manage, existing transportation options are cost prohibitive, etc.).