Free rides for work, health care coming to Linden
Why it matters: A lack of transportation is a barrier for many people that can negatively impact their overall well-being.
How it works: The program is exclusive to residents of the 43211 zip code, where 40% of people are living below the federal poverty level and 26% are food insecure.
- Residents can arrange rides through two nonprofit partners, either by phone or in-person: PrimaryOne Health, a system of community health centers, or Eckerd Connects, a workforce training agency.
Context: The program is part of Health Zones, a CVS Health initiative of local investments in high-risk communities across the country.
Threat level: Life expectancy in 43211 is seven years shorter than Franklin County's average and infant mortality rates are 300% higher, per a CVS Health spokesperson.
Catch up quick: CVS Health has invested $260,000 into Columbus zone partners, which also include Columbus State Community College, Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Local Matters.
- In 2020, the company gave $13.7 million to renovate 230 low-income housing units.
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