2016 Summer Internship Research Project

“Where Transportation and Health Care Meet”

In 2016, Kiara Zabrana, an Academy of Finance student at Boone High School, Orlando, Florida, served as the summer intern for Florida Prosperity Partnership. Kiara was tasked with research on the unique challenges low-to moderate-income (LMI) households face with health care and transportation in their respective communities across the state of Florida.

Kiara’s impressive research results indicate:

  • Health care options do exist in Florida for low- to moderate-income (LMI) households.
  • Gaps in access to free and reduced-cost health care options are evident in rural areas more than metropolitan areas.
  • Stable health, achieved in part through adequate health care, is a critical component of a Floridian’s movement from financial crisis to stability, security and well-being.
  • Reliable transportation is needed to access health care options in all areas; this is even more of a need in rural areas of the state.
  • Reliable transportation is available, and needs improvement and enhanced marketing efforts in rural parts of Florida to wholly meet the needs of those seeking health care and financial stability.

Research Resources