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Older adults who live in nursing homes are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety, and research has shown that social connections and family support are key factors positively impacting their mental health. However, research suggests that one of the primary barriers to maintaining those relationships, and enabling family to visit residents, is transportation. NITC dissertation fellow Vivian J. Miller, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work, made this issue the focus of her doctoral research
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Research and Events
October 2019
Visiting Loved Ones In Nursing Homes: Transportation Access and Barriers
Older adults who live in nursing homes are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety, and research has shown that social connections and family support are key factors positively impacting their mental health. However, research suggests that one of the primary barriers to maintaining those relationships, and enabling family to visit residents, is transportation. NITC dissertation fellow Vivian J. Miller, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work, made this issue the focus of her doctoral research, "Transportation, Social Support by Family Visitation, and Depression of Older Adult Nursing Home Residents: A Mixed-Methods Study."
Another Year, Another Summit! Prioritizing Housing, Multimodal Data, and Access to Active Mobility
The 11th annual Transportation and Communities Summit 2019, held at Portland State University (PSU) on September 19–20, drew attendees from 14 states across the U.S. Over 250 people joined us for the Summit day, and nearly 60 took part in the deep-dive workshop day. We hope the event offered new opportunities for collaboration and synergy between researchers, practitioners, and community members. Take a look at our recap, where you can download presentation files, review the student poster contest winners, and see our photo album from the event.
Riding the Green Wave: Researchers Test "Green Light Optimized Speed" App for Bicyclists
NITC researchers Stephen Fickas and Marc Schlossberg of the University of Oregon are on a mission: bring the benefits of V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure communication) to bicycling. Earlier this year they published their proof-of-concept of a DIY V2I "bike box" in Oregon, and in the most recent round of NITC grants they secured funding for "Green Waves, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics: Making Streets Better for People on Bike & Scooter." The latest report to come out of this body of work focuses on a new technology being integrated into modern cars: GLOSA, or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory.
Student Spotlight: Byron Head, University of Utah
Byron Head is a masters student in the department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. His focus is on active transportation and transportation demand management. He is joining the University of Utah's sustainability office as the first Sustainability Graduate Assistant, where he will manage the campus' active transportation facilities program and also work to develop a recommended method for the comprehensive collection of campus commute data that will allow for year-over-year comparisons. Prior to beginning the masters program at UU he worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation as a transportation program monitor.
NITC Research and Partner Updates
NITC University Partners
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. NITC is one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah. We pursue our theme—improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities—through research, education and technology transfer.
 
 
 
 
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