HAN member The MetroHealth System’s proposed pilot project was selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to participate in the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program. This pilot will support the System’s Digital Connectivity Initiative, which will provide $901,000 over three years to subsidize internet connection for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) residents.
From the press release:
The Institute for H.O.P.E.™ has screened nearly 26,000 individuals for digital connectivity – more than 800 of them reported they had limited or no access to reliable internet. Results of the screenings completed in Spring 2021 revealed that those without internet connectivity were more likely to experience financial strain, social isolation and transportation challenges.
“This work has always been important, but the pandemic only added to the urgency of ensuring our community has access to reliable internet,” said Susan Fuehrer, President, Institute for H.O.P.E.™ “The digital divide is a community-wide challenge that requires community-wide solutions. The only way we can build a healthier Cleveland is through teamwork and collaboration. Our work with DigitalC and other community partners is one way we’re doing that.”
See also: HAN’s article on digital equity from last year