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Columbus Pilots Prenatal Trip Assistance Program

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Pregnant women and new mothers in Columbus, Ohio can soon benefit from the latest initiative of the Smart Columbus program. The Prenatal Trip Assistance (PTA) project uses an app to help women access the healthcare services that they need both before, during, and after their pregnancy. The system will pair with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, transportation providers, and medical providers to provide a better network of care for this demographic.

Women can use the app to book rides, as well as communicate with their doctor. The app will also help them find rides to and from the grocery store and pharmacy, so they can make sure they’re getting the food and pharmaceuticals they need for a healthy pregnancy.

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The PTA project is just one way that the city is helping to curb the high infant mortality rate. According to Government Tech, Franklin County in Columbus has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation (8.2 per 1,000 live births, per the latest statistic).


The pilot will run from June through November 2019 and enroll 500 expectant mothers form eight different neighborhoods. Like with many government-sponsored programs, there are some requirements for eligibility. Participants must be enrolled in Medicaid and able to speak and understand English; they must also be at least 18 years old and in the early stages of pregnancy.

The city hopes that the PTA project will help young mothers access the transportation they need to stay healthy and keep their infant safe (both before and after delivery). We anticipate more news in the days to come as we wait for more details on this exciting program.

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News Source: Government Technology