January 13, 2022

IDEAL RRTC Webinar Series: Broadband Internet Access: Implications for the Health of People with Disabilities

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


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Our first webinar of 2022, titled "Broadband Internet Access: Implications for the Health of People with Disabilities" took place on January 13th 2022.

Broadband internet access plays a critical role in modern society, facilitating long-distance communication, access to information, and health care interventions, as well as multiple opportunities for social participation. Internet access is increasingly necessary for work, filing for unemployment benefits, and receiving health care through telemedicine, making it a key component of the social determinants of health. It is estimated that one in four Americans does not have internet access or the computing devices needed to engage in these activities. Yet little is known about the impact of broadband internet access for the health of people with disabilities. This webinar presented new research findings and discussed current policy implications related to broadband internet for the health of adults with disability. View our Broadband Internet Access: Implications for Health of People with Disabilities flyer for more information.


Philippa Clarke is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She is also a Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Her work examines the social determinants of disability, with a particular focus on the built environment for adults aging with disability. 

Robyn Rontal leads the Center for Health Research and Transformation’s data analytics and consulting projects focused on current health care issues and trends, collaborating with local, state, and national organizations on data acquisition and methods. She has focused expertise in the area of healthy aging.

About the Webinar Series

The content of this webinar has been developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR #90RTHF0001). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The content of this webinar does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.