Forum to Examine Broadband Access and Telehealth Policy

November 28, 2022

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Kansas workers, health providers and employers increasingly rely on broadband access for their jobs, health care and enterprises. An in-person policy forum on Monday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., will examine how to meet demand and address consumer and health providers’ concerns.

The program, “Broadband Access and Telehealth: Exploring Policy Approaches for Kansas,” will be held at the Kansas Health Institute, 212 SW 8th Ave. #300, in Topeka, KS. The program is designed to engage state policymakers, hospital and health system leaders, insurers and rural network directors. The forum is hosted by the United Methodist Health Ministry FundREACH Healthcare Foundation, and Kansas Health Institute.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jade Piros de Carvalho, Director of the Kansas Office of Broadband Development – Update on Kansas Broadband Plan and State Broadband Grants
  • Dorothy Hughes, Ph.D., MHSA, University of Kansas School of Medicine – Consumer and Health Provider Perspectives on Telehealth

The presentation of recent studies and program development will be followed by a policy leader panel, offering perspectives on future broadband expansion and telehealth usage.

Policy leader panel:

  • Kari Bruffett, President & CEO, Kansas Health Institute
  • Jennifer Findley, Vice President, Education & Special Projects, Kansas Hospital Association
  • Brock Slabach, Chief Operations Officer, National Rural Health Association
  • Angie Strecker, Vice President, Provider Relations and Medical Economics, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

The panel will also include a Kansas policymaker.

The program begins at 10 a.m.; lunch will be provided.

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