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Efficient Transportation Options

Providing efficient and complete transportation to city workers so that they can access health care career development options.

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Our solution is to create jobs of the future by addressing transportation barriers today.  Our organization, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, currently provides limited van shuttle services to the City of Pittsburgh (East Liberty) for our team members and we would like to explore expansion of these services to more team members and other city neighborhoods.  Our interest lies in utilizing current technology to make  more efficient and accessible to team members so that they can access health care career opportunities.  We want to accomplish this through the use of enhanced communication, transportation and scheduling options.  Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is also currently  working with the City of Pittsburgh in a collaborative with Westinghouse High School and other schools to grow health care workers of the future.  However, since existing bus lines do not reach our campus, our challenge is to close the gap with innovative approaches to transportation. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our solution will be used by city high school students and health care professionals of the future. For example, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network currently teaches free Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) classes as a stepping stone into health care careers and has a program for career development for team members. One of our current C.N.A.s who graduated from our C.N.A. class lives in Wilkinsburg and takes a bus to the East Liberty shuttle location for pick up and transport to our campus. Her daily commute is approximately two hours on this basis. In order to close the gap, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network provides limited van shuttle services to ease this commute. Our solution will help more city workers find health care career opportunities of the future. Making our transportation (shuttle) more efficient and accessible will expand our opportunities to serve these needs. Our health care team has inspired us to grow in this area.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Presbyterian SeniorCare is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides services to seniors in the Western Pennsylvania area. Our range of services have included skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, home health, affordable housing, dementia care and other services for over 90 years. We currently provide several sites of affordable housing (HUD) for seniors in various City of Pittsburgh locations. Presbyterian SeniorCare Network's website is : www.srcare.org

Size of your team or organization

  • 501+

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We would utilize funding to help build a better system for coordination of our existing shuttle services including communication between rider (employee) and central transportation coordinator, as well as efficient scheduling of our vans. We envision that this enhanced communication and scheduling system could be used on a continuing basis to transport future health care workers to our campus. Our sustainability addresses individual worker needs but also cost savings that will accrue to Presbyterian SeniorCare due to decreased need for overtime and agency staff. In addition, retention of team members (employees) will enable individual career development as well as providing our organization to best meet the needs of our seniors in the future.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Our measures of success will be: 1) increased number of workers employed from City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods due to improved access to transportation ; 2) increased number of graduates from our free Certified Nursing Assistant classes for career development ; 3) transportation for students seeking exposure to health care experiences; We believe that we can build a transportation model that can be replicated by other non-profit and health care organizations on this basis.

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Hi Mary,

Our submission for our company Squire, which provides wi-fi enabled shuttles to commuters could potentially join with your submission given the opportunity to work together in the next stage. Our shuttles provide transit for commuters on week days during typical morning/evening commute time. This means our vehicles and drivers could potentially be used to expand access to job seekers at healthcare and training facilities. We can also be re-deployed to increase access to facilities overall throughout the day, and on nights and weekends. You can see our submission here: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/pittsburgh/refine/squire-wi-fi-enabled-comfortable-point-to-point-commuter-transit/comments#comments-section

Would love to hear your thoughts!
Matt

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