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dc.contributor.authorJang, Siwon
dc.contributor.authorLee, Chanyoung
dc.contributor.authorPark, Sanghoon
dc.contributor.authorWright, Savana
dc.contributor.authorYo, Mark
dc.descriptionFinal Reporten_US
dc.description.abstractA growing population of adults over 65 means communities in the United States must prepare to address the unique transportation and health needs of older adults. Phase I of this study sought to determine whether a community-based “buddy” program that pairs college-age students with transportation-disadvantaged older adults could improve quality of life for seniors in Hillsborough County, Florida. A multidisciplinary approach that included transportation planning, public health, and instructional technology was adopted to assess current barriers and identify opportunities for intervention. Specifically, the project conducted an assessment of transportation and health resources in Hillsborough County, and compiled existing community resources that could benefit older adults. Using this data, the Healthy Buddy website was created and pilot-tested in interviews with older adults in Hillsborough County. The interview population was also asked about their individual health and transportation needs, as well as their openness to participating in the Healthy Buddy Program. From these qualitative interviews, it was determined that there is a need to improve the mobility and independence of older adults in Hillsborough County through the provision of information on existing transportation and health resources. Furthermore, the interview population was receptive to the Healthy Buddy concept, and felt it could improve their transportation access and quality of life. Overall, the interview results obtained in Phase I conveyed a need to improve transportation access and health information access in older adults, and as such, will inform the continued development and implementation of the Healthy Buddy Program in Phase II of the project.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter for Technology, Environment, and Community Health 69A3551747119en_US
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.subjectHealthy Buddy projecten_US
dc.subjectolder adult transportationen_US
dc.subjecthealth and wellness promotionen_US
dc.subjectcommunity healthen_US
dc.titleImproving Quality of Life for Transportation Disadvantaged Older Adults through a Community-Based Healthy Buddy Programen_US

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