Americans have grown accustomed to seeing our life expectancies grow longer, year in and year out. Surprisingly, average life expectancy has declined each year for the past three, a trend not seen in the U.S. since World War I, over a hundred years ago. This is a crisis that must be addressed in our daily lives, within our communities

Factors include homelessness, opioid abuse, addiction, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, domestic violence, elder social isolation, PTSD, racism, gender identity issues, depression, anxiety, bullying, obesity and chronic diseases. Collectively these are known as “Social Determinants of Health”.

“America’s prosperity is being hampered by preventable chronic diseases and behavioral health issues. A population with poor health results in workforce shortages, absenteeism, presenteeism, work-related injuries and illnesses, profitability concerns, and challenges with workforce recruitment and retentions.

Wellness is at the heart of the safety and security of our nation. It is estimated that 7 in 10 young people aged 17 to 24 would fail to qualify for military service due to obesity, educational deficits, or behavioral health issues/criminal history. In order to ensure a strong national defense, we need to ensure that threats to service member recruitment, retention, readiness, and resilience are mitigated.” – U.S. Surgeon General’s Office

Remote access to therapists, social workers and medical professionals can help span the gap in care, addressing key Public Health disparities where they arise, in our anchor community institutions, schools, libraries and community centers.

Popular assumptions about Telehealth usually involve an electronic device in a home with a broadband internet connection. Presumably the at-home patient (or client) is comfortable with the technology and capable of interacting with a remote professional whose time (and patience) might be in short supply.

However, this overlooks many who might not meet those requirements: rural folks lacking broadband access at home, the differently-abled, the elderly, the poor and of course, the homeless.

CTC can provide technology at familiar, trusted local sites like libraries, schools and community centers to provide remote access to proactive healthcare.

Secure Telehealth technology can bring a wide range of caregivers to the point of care efficiently and effectively. It can tap into a broad spectrum of resources, driving costs down and healthy outcomes up.

It’s widely understood that the future of care is digital. Data-driven models can improve health and cut costs. Wellness and good health require education, training and support. Community Telehealth Centers is part of an evidence-based model spanning education, outreach, medical and behavioral healthcare.

According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use. An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic.

70,000 Americans lost their lives last year due to opioid overdoses. This is the equivalent of two 747 airliner crashes a week!

At a time when Wall Street is cheering on the insurance companies’ mergers and acquisition of thousands of Big Pharma retail outlets in order to leverage Telehealth for greater profits in our communities, we need to consider at whose expense these profits will be derived.

Who are they in competition with, besides each other?  And who will be left behind?

Small rural hospitals are already an endangered species. What effect will this retail land grab have on them? And what about patient choice?

Health and healthcare is too important to be left to bureaucrats and billionaires.

Community Telehealth Centers will foster and scale partnerships that put the emphasis on meeting community needs and achieving healthy outcomes for individuals.

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