The Last Mile

COVID-19, Telehealth, and Broadband Disparities in Rural Indiana


  • Kristin Funk IUPUI



COVID-19, telehealth, broadband, access, rural, Indiana, infrastructure, disparities


This critical review of literature evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on health and mental health care delivery in rural Indiana, specifically the move to increased telehealth services. Telehealth has been a mostly positive experience for patients and providers. However, many Indiana residents are without the option of telehealth due to underdeveloped infrastructure that is necessary to support broadband access. This disparity is evidence of a larger social and health justice issue and illuminates a call to action for social workers on all levels to collaborate with community members, government agencies, and local programs to push the issue towards the public health arena and to promote broadband access as a human right.


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