Online Program

Telehealth as an enabler of public health practice

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Kathy Wibberly, PhD, Center for Telehealth, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center and School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The strength of a public health system rests on its capacity to effectively deliver the ten Essential Public Health Services. The adoption of telehealth technologies into mainstream public health practice has the potential for significantly advancing the effective delivery of the “Ten Essential Public Health Services”. However, the adoption of telehealth and the diffusion of innovative technology into public health practice have been slow. During this session, participants will learn how telehealth can be used as a tool for delivering the ten Essential Public Health Services. Participants will learn more specifically about how telehealth has been used to create more effective systems of emergency/disaster preparedness and response; improve the management of chronic diseases; mitigate the impacts of provider shortages on access to care; increase the capacity of providers to deliver more timely care and health education; enhance the capacity of the public health workforce through training and education; and decrease disability/facilitate greater independence in the aging population.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
List at least three ways that telehealth can be used to advance the effective delivery of the “Ten Essential Public Health Services." Describe at least three applications of telehealth for improving population and community health.

Keyword(s): Telehealth, Essential Public Health Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Kathy is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC). Prior to this role, Kathy was Director of the Division of Primary Care and Rural Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Her responsibilities included the State Office of Rural Health and the State Primary Care Office. Over the course of her 16 years in public health, Kathy spearheaded multiple state wide initiatives aimed at reducing health inequities and disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.