EFFECT OF THE VALLEY TRANSIT SYSTEM ON THE UTILIZATION OF SELECTED HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NAUGATUCK VALLEY

A study of the impact of the Valley Transit District (VTD) on the use of selected health resources in the Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut is detailed. It is pointed out that, in general, public transportation within the Naugatuck Valley is inadequate. Prior to the initiation of VTD service in 1972, there was no internal transportation system in the region except for limited bus service provided by the Connecticut Company. Funding for the VTD project came from the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, the State of Connecticut, the four towns served by the system, and DHEW. DHEW's purpose in funding was to extend outreach activities of health and social service agencies through the subsidization of riders and to evaluate the impact of the VTD on the utilization of services provided by these agencies. Information was collected to provide demographic and transport data on users of each facility studied. Data were collected on a retrospective basis for the months of January, April, July, and October 1973. Data were obtained from the emergency department, outpatient department, and department of physical medicine at the Griffin Hospital in the valley. Data were also collected from visits to the Pleasant View Hospital's outpatient department. A sample was made of all medically related trips by valley police cars and ambulance companies for the study months, along with a sample of valley residents who used public health nursing and homemaker services. It was apparent from data analysis that transportation patterns in the valley identified in 1972 remained essentially constant during the subsequent year. Supporting tabular data are appended.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lower Naugatuck Valley Community Council, Incorporated

    Ansonia, CT  USA 

    Department of Health, Education and Welfare

    Washington, DC  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Pearson, D A
    • Bisbee, G E
    • Webb, S B
    • Trudell, T
    • McLemure, A
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

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  • Pagination: 110 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00158573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2003 12:00AM