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Delivering on the Promise of Telehealth to Improve Health Status in California – Session 2

December 2, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Join Session Two:
Delivering on the Promise of Telehealth to Improve Health Status in California
Fact-Finding Listening Conferences (Virtual)

8:30 a.m. – Noon (Pacific Time)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Join us for the second and final session of this Telehealth Fact-Finding Listening Conference.  (See Session 1 Conference October 22, 2020: Background Materials).  The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the need for all Californians to be able to use telehealth and exposed the existing digital access inequities.   It illuminated the imperative for investments in constructing high-speed Internet infrastructure capable of supporting telehealth services and for getting all residents online with appropriate computing devices and functional digital literacy. California has not optimized the use of Telehealth to close gaps for medically-underserved communities and economically-segregated neighborhoods, which also are home to the most digitally-disadvantaged residents.

It is essential for policymakers who seek to achieve Digital Equity to understand how to effectively integrate the use of technology into all institutions and systems, including the delivery of health and medical care.  CETF is joining with partner organizations to convene Fact-Finding Listening Conferences to gather data and input for an Action Plan to inform State and Federal policymakers about how to optimize the use of Telehealth in California.

The Purpose of Fact-Finding Listening Conferences to:

  • Understand the status of Telehealth in California.
  • Identify the gaps and barriers to optimizing Telehealth to improve health status for Californians.
  • Develop an Action Plan to advance Telehealth policy and funding in California.

The Fact-Finding will focus on a Featured Speaker and Panels of Presenters comprised of health and medical care providers, along with Responders comprised of government agencies, statewide associations, and healthcare foundations.  They include:

  • Dr. Peter Yellowlees, a pioneer in telepsychiatry and former President of the American Telemedicine Association who serves as Chief Wellness Officer at UC Davis
  • Managed Health Care Plans – both Public and Private
  • Medical Centers including UC San Francisco, UC Davis, Stanford’s Children’s Health and Veterans Affairs of Palo Alto Health Care System

Also, there will be “Calls to Action” by policymakers.  Participants will be invited to submit written comments and recommendations to inform an Action Plan for Telehealth in California.

Register in advance for this meeting:

See Session 1 Conference October 22, 2020: Background Materials Delivering on the Promise of Telehealth to Improve Health Status in California
Fact-Finding Listening Conferences (Virtual)

Presented by the CETF Telehealth Committee

Barb Johnston Yellowlees, Committee Chair
The Castleton Group 

Dorian Traube
Associate Professor
Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
University of Southern California

The Honorable Martha M. Escutia
Former California State Senator
Vice President
State Government Relations and Special Counsel
University of Southern California  

Jim Kirkland
General Counsel
Trimble, Inc.


Melinda White
Transit Wireless


December 2, 2020
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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