Access to Technology
Some early childhood health promotion programs require technology and access to an internet connection. For
example, some programs may need to be able to access and print online materials. Increasingly, rural
school-based health centers and other healthcare providers are using telehealth to reach children and families.
Telehealth services can be highly beneficial in remote and rural areas where transportation and distance to
providers can be a barrier to healthcare access. For more information on telehealth programs and considerations
for children, see Telehealth Models for
Increasing Access to Care Among Children in the Rural Telehealth Toolkit.
Access to the appropriate technology and required equipment to implement these programs can be a challenge in
some communities. Rural
communities are less likely than non-rural communities to have home broadband, smartphones, and other
technology that support implementation of health promotion programs with a technology component. Challenges with
technology, including lack of access, can hinder program implementation and create frustration or resistance to
trying new programs. Appropriate training of staff is also necessary to ensure that the
technology is fully utilized during program implementation.
The Rural Telehealth Toolkit provides information about connectivity
considerations for telehealth and other programs that require access to technology. RHIhub's Rural Health Funding & Opportunities by Topic: Broadband in
the Online Library list funding programs that could be used to improve broadband connection in rural
Resources to Learn More
Connect America Fund (CAF)
A federal program to accelerate broadband build-out to those who lack access to infrastructure capable of
providing 10/1 Mbps fixed broadband.
Organization(s): Federal Communications Commission (FCC)