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Can telehealth address gaps in trust in the healthcare system?

Can telehealth address gaps in trust in the healthcare system?

People who are poor, are racial and ethnic minorities and have no insurance or Medicaid are most likely to rate their care quality lower than others. The Telehealth Equity Coalition just published a data story about how telehealth can address these gaps.

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Racism in Medicine? Healthcare and the Digital Divide

It’s possible for health care to try to close digital gaps while ignoring underlying structural racism. But recognizing and confronting it is a better approach.

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Cleveland’s Win is the Digital Divide’s Loss

Cleveland’s Win is the Digital Divide’s Loss

The National Science Foundation today announced that Cleveland will share $2.7million with 6 other cities testing innovative methods to end the digital divide.  Public Health Innovators is proud to work with DigitalC to bring affordable broadband to underserved urban neighborhoods.  But we know that just making service available is not enough.  Through partnerships with area health systems, we will help patients…

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Tele-Mental Health Equity: Possible but Unlikely?

Tele-Mental Health Equity: Possible but Unlikely?

As part of its “Coping Through COVID” series, The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently published an article underscoring the need for more Black mental health counselors. Of course, the well-recognized excess burden of the pandemic among Blacks, who are already facing multiple vulnerabilities, creates more demand for mental health services. And reluctance in the Black community to seek mental health care…

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What HIV Vaccine Preparedness Teaches us about COVID Vaccine Distribution

What HIV Vaccine Preparedness Teaches us about COVID Vaccine Distribution

I recently found a 1995 presentation with findings from my doctoral dissertation that are highly pertinent to COVID Vaccine trials. The study included anonymized interviews and surveys with the first high risk (#vulnerable) HIV vaccine efficacy trial participants. No space here to share the results but I thought readers would find the questions of interest:–Motivations for joining the trial (altruism,…

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Digital Divide-Telehealth’s Achille’s Heel

Digital Divide-Telehealth’s Achille’s Heel

Originally published at innovationmatch.ama-assn.org Telehealth has become a life-saving defense against COVID-19 because it enables infected individuals to be treated from home, reducing the number of contagious people circulating in the community, reducing exposure of health care workers, and preserving scarce PPE resources. Healthcare providers have transitioned to telehealth at breakneck speed, taking advantage of loosened federal and state regulations…

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