ITUP Engages on Health, Equity and the Digital Divide

June 30, 2022

ITUP’s Broadband & Connectivity Work

Over the past 18 months, ITUP has been working to bring the health sector’s voice to local, state, and national Broadband and Digital Equity conversations. There is an incredible nexus between connectivity and telehealth, virtual care, patient engagement, and data exchange, and multiple opportunities for the health and human services sectors to engage (and sometimes get funding!) in California Department of Technology, California Public Utilities Commission, and Legislative public forums. Yet, because the broadband community doesn’t typically work with health partners, the health sector, and thereby consumers, are not included in these critical infrastructure and connectivity conversations.

ITUP’s Broadband Convening goals are to:

1. Inform: Bridge the knowledge gap between health care and broadband.

2. Identify: Look for and spread the word on health sector engagement opportunities at the local, state, and national level.

3. Activate: Engage in local, state, and national stakeholder processes and meetings, and apply for and receive funding.

We look forward to continuing to break down connectivity barriers to health with YOU! Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to be included in our broadband information updates.


Upcoming Broadband Workgroups

Save the Dates and Register Below!

ITUP Statewide Broadband Stakeholder Workgroup

In June 2022, ITUP began convening state-level health and health policy leaders to provide a space to understand the multiple opportunities for the health and human services sectors to meaningfully engage in the historic investments for broadband and connectivity. Over the next year, stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities from the California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Technology, and Legislative public forums will be moving forward and need the health and human services sector’s engagement to ensure the digital equity and inclusion needs for the future of health are considered and met through the statewide efforts to close the digital divide.

Statewide Broadband Workgroups:

September 8, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM PST (Register Here)

October 6, 2022, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM PST (Register Here)

ITUP LA County Broadband Stakeholder Workgroup

There are incredible opportunities in LA county to close the digital divide for the very same communities that are more likely to be uninsured and face systemic barriers to accessing quality, equitable health care. Health and human services sector leaders need to engage and participate in these efforts to reduce digital barriers to telehealth and virtual care for LA communities. In addition to the local broadband opportunities, there will be ample opportunities for stakeholder engagement and funding opportunities from the California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Technology, and Legislative public forums over the next year where the health and human services sectors can engage to ensure the digital equity and inclusion needs for the future of health are considered and met through the statewide efforts to close the digital divide.
LA County Broadband Workgroups:

August 30, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM PST (Register Here)

October 6, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM PST (Register Here)

 


Latest ITUP Broadband Presentations

Statewide Stakeholder Presentations

June 30: Health Sector and Engaging in Statewide Broadband

July 19: Statewide Engagement on Broadband

 

LA County Stakeholder Presentations

June 30: Health Sector Engagement on Broadband in LA

July 19: Health Sector Engagement on Broadband in LA


Affordable Connectivity Program

ITUP, in partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), has been conducting outreach and technical assistance to health and health-related stakeholders on the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP program is a subsidy program available to consumers right now to make internet more affordable. However, only 45% of eligible households are enrolled. Since Medi-Cal, CalFRESH, and WIC members are automatically eligible for the ACP program, the health care workforce- including health insurance navigators and community health workers, are uniquely situated to make consumers aware of the subsidies needed to combat affordability barriers to broadband and connectivity.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a federal subsidy program, can help eligible households reduce their monthly internet bill up to $30. You can help get the people you serve, including Medi-Cal enrollees who are automatically eligible, signed up by providing ACP enrollment flyers!

Get Connected California! is a Call to Action for statewide mobilization to promote of the ACP program to over 4 million California households eligible for the program, but not enrolled. If you have a “physical site” consider signing up here to learn more about hosting an ACP enrollment event on Aug 27th! Find Get Connected California informational materials to share here!

As part of this work, ITUP has presented on the ACP program in various settings. Linked is the Addressing the Digital Divide: Affordable Connectivity Program for Low-Income Families presentation.

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact ITUP Director of Policy, Dr. Marissa Kraynak at [email protected].