Internet access is increasingly recognized as a “super determinant” of health. It plays a role in health care outcomes and influences more traditionally recognized social determinants of health, such as education, employment, and healthcare access. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates that 19 million people in the United States lack access to reliable broadband service, also known as reliable high-speed internet. This phenomenon is known as the digital divide and has focused on rural areas and “pockets of segregated urban areas [that] are also disconnected”.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently highlighted the importance of digital access as a determinant of health. In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to digital resources has become essential for people struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Digital access can provide remote healthcare services, online support groups, and access to educational materials that can help individuals cope with addiction.
SAMHSA emphasized the need to ensure equitable access to digital resources for all individuals, regardless of their economic status or geographic location. They also noted the importance of maintaining confidentiality and privacy when using digital resources for addiction treatment.
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