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Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Challenge Program Announced by MeHI

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) is seeking digital health startups to compete in the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Challenge Program. The first Challenge is aimed at finding unique digital health solutions that improve the lives of older adults and help them remain active, productive, independent, and socially connected.

Challenge finalists will compete for prizes worth $200,000 Continue reading

Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program Announced by Mass Broadband Institute

The Mass Broadband Institute (MBI) has announced the Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program to enable municipalities, or other local bodies of government, to engage in planning activities related to digital equity and bridging the digital divide.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become age- and dementia friendly, councils on aging, and other local stakeholders engaged in promoting inclusive healthy aging activities to work with their municipal government on this program. Continue reading

New Data Shows Where Funding for Affordable Connectivity Program is Being Spent

With a new data dashboard, advocates and stakeholders working to advance digital equity can see state and local stats on where and how $14.2 billion in federal funding is being spent via the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which was designed to help American households pay for the monthly cost of their Internet subscription.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly to use the data to promote local engagement of older adults who may be eligible for the program promoting digital access. Continue reading

With Input from MHAC, ‘Connecting Communities through Digital Equity’ Report Released by MassINC, MACP

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is grateful to have participated in a working group led by MassINC and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership that informed a new report titled “Connecting Communities Through Digital Equity.”

The report builds on MassINC’s 2020 digital divide research, framing the challenges and opportunities ahead, and outlining a near-term action plan. Continue reading

AARP and Institute for Local Self-Reliance Announce “Exploring Digital Equity” Fact Sheets

Created by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) with support from AARP,  the Exploring Digital Equity Fact-Sheet Series consists of six PDF briefs. The reports examine the challenges still faced by millions of people — of all ages — in need of a reliable, effective and affordable way to get online.

This will be added to MHAC’s Digital Equity Resource page with a range of reports, research and case studies on how communities and stakeholders have addressed digital equity and older adults. Continue reading

FCC Seeks Input on How to Combat Digital Discrimination

The Federal Communications Commission opened a process on how to prevent and eliminate digital discrimination to ensure that everyone has equal access to broadband internet access service.

The Notice of Inquiry starts the process of establishing a shared understanding of the harms experienced by historically excluded and marginalized communities, with the intent of making meaningful policy reforms and systems improvements. Continue reading