Help rural healthcare. Become a HealthTran driver!

Patty Cantrell
January 27, 2021

Rural healthcare rides. You can help!

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) and the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) seek volunteer drivers to help with healthcare rides in the region.

Currently drivers are needed for pending assistance with travel to Covid-19 vaccination sites in Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, and Vernon counties. Drivers are also needed for patient rides to and from Benton, Henry, and Morgan county locations of Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare and Katy Trails Community Health.

Mileage, insurance, and training provided

Rides to Health and Wealth is a regional initiative to build rural transportation options using the HealthTran ride scheduling and resourcing platform.

Drivers receive a mileage reimbursement of $.80 per loaded mile, volunteer insurance coverage, flexible schedules, and training as HealthTran drivers.

HealthTran is a healthcare-related transportation service operated by the MRHA in partnership with West Central and a growing set of healthcare and community partners in the region.

More information about how HealthTran works, and how it’s growing in the region, is available here: BACKGROUND ARTICLE


West Central Missouri Community Action Agency is dedicated to empowering people to make a positive change by coordinating and administering resources. Programs include housing, emergency services, energy conservation, employment and training, and credit building. West Central’s service region includes the counties of Cass, Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair, and Vernon. Learn more at

New Growth is a regional community development corporation affiliated with West Central. It is home to the START HERE Business Acceleration Network, START HERE Revolving Loan Fund, and New Growth Women’s Business Center. Learn more at and