Modus—Driving Change through Transportation Equity | Leslie Neal
Many of us are familiar with the terms “housing vulnerability” and “food insecurity.” An often forgotten third basic need in America is transportation. Those who are “transportation vulnerable” become isolated in their communities, cut off from access to healthcare, social services, educational opportunities, and employment-related services. In our final blog from our Tulsa Equality Indicators Learning Series, Leslie Neal, Founder/Executive Director of Modus, shares how Modus is setting the trend for equitable transportation. Read more >
Services Session Recap
More than 50 community members joined us for our final community engagement session of the 2021 Tulsa Equality Indicators Learning Series. During the session, we discussed disparities in services that impact Tulsans with Jonathan McIlroy, Director of Data Strategy at Tulsa Public Schools; Kami L. Gallus, Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Institute for Developmental Disabilities at Oklahoma State University; Marcia Bruno-Todd, Director of Programs and Community Impact at Leadership Tulsa; David Blatt, George Kaiser Family Foundation Professor of Practice at the MPA program at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa; and Liann Alfaro, Planning and Marketing Director at Tulsa Transit.
- Recommendations for reducing the disparity in internet access include adopting an emergency broadband benefit program to sustain reduced cost and free internet, improved marketing of available programs, and the removal of systemic barriers, including language and process barriers to access these programs.
- The 12-year wait for publicly funded services and supports for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities is a result of a complex set of reasons including the closing of institutions and a move toward home and community services, funding constraints, and a shortage of well-trained and well-paid direct service workers.
- Disparities in representation on Tulsa’s Authorities, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) can be attributed to varying degrees of understanding about the role of government, lack of trust and transparency in government, and lack of knowledge about how to access and become engaged in government.
- Policy recommendations to reduce disparities in voter participation include expanding early voting and voting on Sundays, establishing a national voting holiday, restoring the voting rights of individuals with felonies, and implementing more targeted voter outreach efforts.
- Disparities in geographic distribution of bus stops across Tulsa can be attributed largely to dynamics of supply and demand determined by employment patterns, vehicle availability, walkability and more.
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Public Health Resources & Links
Resources shared by panelists and participants:
- Modus is a volunteer-based transportation service that helps Tulsans get to their appointments consistently, on time, safely, and at no cost to the client.
- The OSU Institute for Development Disabilities learns from and works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through research projects, community programs, and professional development and student opportunities.
- The City of Tulsa has dozens of citizen committees that cover a wide range of topics and appeal to a variety of interests. The Mayor and City Council rely on these volunteer citizen groups for thoughtful advice to create policies and develop programs. Learn more and apply to be on one of the City of Tulsa’s Authorities, Boards and Commissions here.
- Leadership Tulsa offers programs including Leadership Tulsa 360, Hispanic Leadership Institute, Tulsa Changemakers to build leadership skills and create a deeper understanding of the Tulsa community.
- The Tulsa Transit website provides information on bus schedules, fares, how to ride the bus, and more.
Service Data Indicators
Click on the below infographics to further explore the data.