Digital Access Task Force Meeting
Monday August 2, 2021
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Next Task Force Meetings - August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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Steve Peters, AZBSN and Task Force Coordinator
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August 2 Digital Access
Resource Highlight Presentation
Arizona Telemedicine Program &
Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
Presented by Janet Major, Associate Director for Education & Facilities, Arizona Telemedicine Program & Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
The University of Arizona’s Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) has received over a dozen national and international awards as a top telemedicine program in the country.
ATP was established in 1996, to improve access to specialty medical services in rural Arizona. ATP is designated by the Arizona Legislature to oversee and coordinate statewide telemedicine clinical, education, research and telecommunications programs.
ATP is headquarters of the HRSA (Health Resources & Services Administration)- funded Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC). The SWTRC and The Arizona Broadband Director are now leading an Arizona Telehealth Broadband Action Team (BAT).
The ATP is not a healthcare services organization, but rather works with healthcare providers and organizations throughout Arizona to support: telemedicine training for service providers; innovations in education; federally funded telemedicine and telehealth research; and technical assistance services for clinical telemedicine and telehealth providers.
Contact: Janet Major, 520-403-0736 firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates and Digital Access
Federal and State Updates
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic the world is creating the largest telecommunity of all time. Social and physical distancing is becoming the new normal requiring unpresented demand for digital access for all Arizona communities including tribal, rural and other underserved communities and low-income neighborhoods in Arizona.
AZBSN, the Arizona Broadband Stakeholder Network, led by ATIC, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, GAZEL, the Greater Arizona Educational Leadership organization, in cooperation with many other stakeholder organizations, have created an AZBSN COVID-19 Digital Access Task Force.
What Is Digital Access
Digital access is more than just access to fast affordable and reliable Internet access.
Everyone, especially students, also require access to technology such as computers, laptops, and smart phones as well as other digital equipment such as routers, hotspots, and web cameras. They also need digital content resources and skills to effectively use technology.