Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries (Part II)

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 II 
  • Internet: access and affordability
  • Hardware (internet enabled devices - smart phones, tablets) and software/applications: Affordability, accessibility, technical considerations, universal design, setup, ongoing technical supports.
Part II will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.
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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 11:45am EST
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) & The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)