Rural, frontier and tribal communities are often excluded when policies, research and programs are designed at the federal and state levels. This lack of perspective can and has led to negative consequences in health systems, further exacerbating racial, economic and gender-based disparities for individuals and communities living with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
Adapting to telehealth services can pose unique challenges and opportunities for mental health and substance use treatment organizations working with adults and adolescents. Telehealth can be an effective tool to address health disparities in rural communities and can increase access to integrated specialty care.
Join us for Part 1 of our rural telehealth webinar series, Leveraging Telehealth to Improve Access and Reach in Rural Integrated Care, on Thursday, April 20, 2-3:30 p.m. ET as we discuss how structural urbanism exacerbates existing disparities and explore strategies to effectively utilize telehealth in integrated care to address health disparities within rural communities.
After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
- Define structural urbanism and understand its contribution to health disparities in rural integrated care.
- Recognize and understand existing health disparities within rural communities.
- Identity strategies when considering telehealth as a tool for rural integrated care.
- Understand and describe the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) proposed rules on telemedicine and prescribing after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
Mark your calendar for the next sessions in the series!
Tuesday, May 16 – Part 2: Rural Telehealth and Mobile Health for Children and Youth
Thursday, June 22 – Part 3: Rural Telehealth and Mobile Health for Immigrants and Migrants
This virtual initiative is supported by the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE-IHS), funded by a grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). If you have any questions about these sessions or any others in this virtual initiative, please contact Integration@TheNationalCouncil.org.