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Miami-Dade Parks partnering with FCC in ''Advancing Digital Health'' for seniors and people with disabilities

Connecting them to new technology to help them stay healthy and live independently

MIAMI (September 24, 2015)

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect2Health (C2H) Task Force will travel to Miami (Sept. 30) and Jacksonville (Oct. 1), Florida, to highlight how broadband enabled health technologies can transform health and care for seniors, children and people with disabilities. The scheduled consumer event, policy summit, and site visits are part of the Task Force's “Beyond the Beltway Series” focused on improving access to health and care services throughout the U.S., especially in rural and underserved areas.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will serve as host ambassador for the FCC’s Miami event titled “Advancing Digital Health: Connecting Seniors to Care”, taking place Sept. 30, 12-2 p.m., at the Mary Abreu Community Center at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street. Admission and parking are free for this event.

The Tropical Park event is co-sponsored by AARP. Activities will include a health and technology fair with tips for caregivers and demonstrations and discussions geared toward helping seniors and people with disabilities to learn about new technology to help them stay healthy and live independently. Moderators will include: Dr. Juan Rivera, Chief Medical Correspondent at Univision and FCC’s Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Exhibitors will include: ADT; Florida Health Information Management Association; IDEAL Life; United Healthcare; and Walgreens. Spanish translation services will be provided. 

For directions to this event, visit the Tropical Park web page or call 305-266-8316.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be 65 or older; and by 2060, that figure will increase to 1 in 4.  As our population ages and more Americans assume caregiving tasks for family members, broadband health technologies hold great promise to help address access to care issues, facilitate the next-generation of caregiving and provide new self-management tools. 

While in Florida, FCC leadership and C2H Task Force members will visit two sophisticated technology centers: The Telehealth Command Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Healthspot-Florida Blue Retail Center.  On Oct. 1, the group will travel to Jacksonville to present the Broadband Health Summit: “Building Connected Health and Smart Care Systems in Florida and Beyond”, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.  

For more information on the FCC Task Force's “Beyond the Beltway Series” events in Miami and Jacksonville, visit the Connect2HealthFCC web site.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.