APHA supports Federal Communications Commission in broadband health initiative

Date: Aug 03 2016

APHA supports FCC in broadband health initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Daniel Greenberg, 202-777-3913

The American Public Health Association applauds the Federal Communications Commission for its new Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, an interactive platform that allows national, state, and local public health professionals to address disparities for a key social determinant of health: access to broadband.

According to the FCC, communities with low access to broadband are also double-burdened by higher rates of chronic disease and preventable hospitalizations.

“Unfortunately we have 34 million people in our country who are disadvantaged — especially in health status — simply because they lack access to appropriate broadband,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD. “In public health, we know that data is a powerful decision-making agent. This tool empowers us to identify and improve communities that otherwise wouldn’t have equitable health information opportunities.

“The American Public Health Association and its 25,000 members have a vision of solving our national health challenges in one generation,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. “We applaud you and we are with you. By working together, by leveraging connectivity and health care delivery, much can be accomplished for communities that need it most.”

Visit FCC to access the tool.

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