The U.S. has entered a period where the subject of disparities is receiving a historic level of attention by government and market stakeholders. This focus and the collective energy that accompanies it is welcome after decades of widening socioeconomic gaps across American communities and well-documented disparities in health among rural/urban communities, communities of color, and tribal nations. It is against this backdrop that the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) organized the CEO’s Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities (Advisory Group) – a broad and diverse group of leaders from healthcare delivery systems, community organizations, payers, solution providers and policy, co-chaired by Kristi Henderson, DNP; Yasmine Winkler; and Ron Wyatt, MD. The Advisory Group’s objective is to advance a framework, roadmap, and other relevant materials for addressing disparities that will be broadly applicable across the health industry while also identifying the very specific areas the ATA is both capable and committed to advancing within the telehealth industry.
The ATDA looks forward to using this framework with regard to disparities in access to dental care.