Digital Inclusion for Community Health

Opportunities to advance digital equity

With high-speed internet access increasingly recognized as a “super determinant of health” and fundamental to socioeconomic opportunity in today’s world, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to address crucial gaps in digital connectivity.

Stemming from the legislation, an array of federal funding for digital inclusion initiatives is now available and coalitions are forming across the country to narrow the “digital divide.” States will play a crucial role in implementing digital inclusion initiatives and leveraging federal resources to address the specific needs of their communities.

In this information-packed webinar, public health and digital inclusion experts share valuable perspectives and insights on the current landscape of digital inclusion resources and how community health and digital inclusion planners can utilize them to advance health equity. 

Health disparities and digital disparities largely affect the same groups of people for the same reasons tied to inequitable access. Because of this, there’s a significant overlap in the interests of public health professionals working in community health and digital equity professionals in addressing disparities. Working together to address digital disparities, the two groups will have a greater impact on their shared interests than either can by working in isolation.

Watch the webinar recording for important information about:

  • Key concepts, terms and definitions around digital equity
  • Digital Equity Act policy, programs and funds
  • Why community health experts should engage around digital equity
  • Effective strategies for addressing digital equity disparities
  • Specific approaches to facilitate collective progress on digital inclusion
  • A real-world case study on incorporating digital inclusion into community health work, leveraging the Conduent Healthy Communities Institute Platform

Expert presenters include:

  • Aaron Schill, Director of Research and Programs, National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
  • Amy Sheon, PhD, MPH, Digital Health Equity consultant, Public Health Innovators
  • Sarah Szabo, Data Analyst, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Healthy Northeast Ohio