General Session Speakers

Innovations to Serve Vulnerable Populations in Public Health Telehealth

13:15 PM August 29th
Pat Justis, MA, Executive Director, Rural Health, Washington State Department of Health  
Ellen Silverman, RN, PhD, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Washintgon State Department of Health
Tammy Arndt, Director, Northwest Telehealth

Panel moderator Tammy Arndt of Northwest Telehealth will pose challenging questions to explore how telehealth is serving two public health initiatives, one serving rural residents with serious illness and the other a plan to create a coordinated system of care for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
The WA Rural Palliative Care Initiative uses PDSA cycles to continually improve their telehealth case consultation services to seven rural communities. Rapport is remarkably strong between telehealth expert panelists and local clinical teams. This session will examine what makes that rapport possible and how to select clinicians who can foster effective telehealth relationships with rural teams. The Creating Connections Strategic Plan; Moving Toward Telehealth Services for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities is an aspirational plan that takes a whole systems approach to meet the needs of families, caregivers, providers, payers and telecommunication providers related to engagement and education, telehealth infrastructure and policy and advocacy.
Panel members will discuss how they put together the projects, the lessons learned during development, challenges, and surprises. Panelists will describe how telehealth uniquely fits the needs of the populations they are serving.
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