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Disparities in Connectivity & Access to Health Care in the Redwood Coast Region

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Results from the Rural Health Information Survey, 2006, indicate that a high percentage of households in the Redwood Coast Region have poor conectivity: phones, computers and the Internet. Households with poor connectivity are about twice as likely to have poor access to health care as households with good connectivity.

Households with incomes below the federal poverty level are clearly disadvantaged with up to 14.2% reporting no phone, 45.1% reporting no computer and 55.4% reporting no internet access in their home.

By Jessica Van Arsdale, MD, MPH

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