Transporting Children to Better Health Named a Mutual of America 2011 Community Partnership Award Winner

Birmingham Program Provides Safe, Reliable Transportation to Healthcare Resources

Nov 17, 2011, 11:17 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Transporting Children to Better Health program was named a Merit Finalist of the 2011 Community Partnership Award competition.

An estimated 330,000 children in Alabama don't receive medical assistance because their families have no way to get them to a healthcare facility. The Transporting Children to Better Health program is part of Kid One Transport, which was founded in 1997 to bridge the gap between children in need and the healthcare they require. Partners in the program include Children's Hospital, UAB Specialized Health Clinics and over 300 private and public healthcare providers.

"An astounding 85 percent of Kid One Transport clients either do not own a car or cannot drive it because of financial constraints, including not having the money to repair the vehicle or buy gas," explains president and CEO Karen Peterlin.

Kid One Transport now operates a fleet of 19 vehicles and serves 35 counties throughout most of Alabama, and also serves expectant mothers.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 160 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award and the 2011 winners, visit

"All of the 2011 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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