I enhanced my telehealth pilots for hypertension screening in barbershop and hair salons. I added a proof-of-concept project that delivers both telehealth and broadband (high-speed Internet) to 30-50 low-income neighborhoods near the shops. (Details here)
My GoFundMe campaign helps deliver digital gear for barber shops and hair salons, media relations to support pilots, and raise seed money to attract broadband and telehealth grant money for the pilots. I will gladly accept in-kind donations for the media relations element of these pilots.
Over 12 million urban homes are not capable of getting telehealth and broadband. Politicians and policymakers won't appropriate or spend money until they have proof that a new ideas like this will work. I've identified five locations (Cleveland, Wilson County, NC, Chicago, Denver area and Indiana) to prove the healthcare and business case of the barbershop/salon strategy.
The pilot data, participants' experiences, feedback, and observations will be compiled in my guidebook helps cities replicate pilots' successes in deployments nationwide. Though targeted to urban cities, small and rural communities can benefit as well.
I need your help! This is a monumental telehealth effort that's destined to greatly improve healthcare in urban communities, but it takes money to make money. This seed money is how we raise the big money to implement these pilots in homes.
The campaign helps fund:
* Recruiting and training the five barber shops and salons;
* Digital equipment and software for shops and healthcare provider;
* PR assistance to locally publicize the pilots;
* A media campaign to launch national recruiting drive; and
* Production of a How-To guide to support the national effort.
Let's close the healthcare gap and narrow the digital divide!
For more details, call me at 510-387-4176, or craig at cjspeaks dot com.
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