November 21, 2022

Broadband Access and Telehealth Policy Forum

Kansas workers, health providers and employers increasingly rely on broadband access for their jobs, health care and enterprises. Held December 12 in Topeka, “Broadband Access and Telehealth: Exploring Policy Approaches for Kansas” engaged state policymakers, hospital and health system leaders, insurers and rural network directors during a presentation of recent studies and program developments followed by a policy leader panel offering perspectives on future broadband expansion and telehealth usage.

The program was hosted by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, REACH Healthcare Foundation, and the Kansas Health Institute.

Featured speakers:

  • 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

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
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