Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries (Part I)

Event Description: 
The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has left many older adults and people with disabilities grieving the loss of close relationships and a sense of community due to physical distancing orders, staffing shortages, and the closing of day programs. All this takes a considerable toll on their physical and mental well-being. The transition to telemedicine and virtual services in place of in-person services has helped expand care to millions. However, without the skills, resources and supports to get online and participate in digital forums, many older adults and people with disabilities are more isolated than ever. This “digital divide” affects their ability to obtain life-saving health information, medical services, procure basic goods and services, address social determinants of health (employment, education, transportation), and stay connected. Technology solutions may provide opportunities such as: socialization, the ability to address disability and language related barriers, tools to manage chronic diseases and promote behavioral change that can be implemented now and preserved after the end of the PHE to supplement and support in-person services.
This two part webinar series provides HCBS stakeholders a holistic framework to address 5 key areas:
Part I
  • Awareness and Leadership: Leadership, funding, enact policies, public engagement, stakeholder mobilization  
  • Beneficiary and provider: Assessing technology needs/opportunities, engagement, education, and supports
  • Barriers: Identifying cultural and systemic barriers 
Part I will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.
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Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)