The Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has decided to make a conscious effort to increase access to food in the communities throughout Allegheny County with a goal of having every person within twenty minutes of travel to fresh fruits and vegetables without the requirement of a private vehicle. Working in collaboration with DOMI, Kaizen Health has the ability to bridge the gap between transportation and food resources. With the transportation network Kaizen Health already has developed in Allegheny County, we have the potential to make the DOMI goal a reality, using smart technology to provide stable access to food for underserved populations in Allegheny County.
How it works: Working in collaboration with the food dispensaries in Allegheny County, hospital staff would conduct an initial screening to ask members about the barriers they face with accessing food in the areas they live. Once deemed eligible for Kaizen Health’s services, care coordinators would give patients information regarding our transportation services. Patients would then utilize a HIPAA compliant app to set up rides to and from food dispensaries or grocery stores in their communities. Patients who do not have access to a smart phone would be provided a phone number to request rides through a food dispensary employee with access to Kaizen Health’s software. With guidelines for how they could redeem their transportation credits, as well as specific location options for their pick-ups or drop-offs, we’d ensure patients would arrive to the food dispensary during their open hours.