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Telehealth Advocacy Campaign: March 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, providers have seen an increase in depression, fear, loneliness and anxiety. They know that if left untreated, these conditions could escalate to severe or fatal outcomes.

Fortunately, Telehealth has become a lifeline for patients experiencing exacerbated mental health conditions during this unprecedented time.  Additionally, this mode of care has been crucial for patients in accessing behavioral health care in a critical time when patients are facing so much uncertainty and fear.

Patients are accessing behavioral health services now more than ever before. In addition to an increased number of visits, health centers are reporting decreased no-show rates as telehealth removes barriers in accessing care. In fact, Data shows that 96% of California community health centers are offering telephonic services for behavioral health, with a high percentage of patient satisfaction with phone visits.

To highlight the importance of telehealth to legislators, stakeholders and the community, CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is engaging in a ten-week campaign leading up to the middle of May, to capture the voices of community health center behaviorists on the benefits of telehealth, including telephonic visits. The objective is to highlight on social media how telehealth has increased access to care thus creating a more equitable health care delivery system for your patients.

Working closely with health center providers the campaign aims to achieve 4 goals:

  1. Highlight the impact telehealth has had on the ability to continue providing behavioral health services in the diverse communities served by health centers.

  2. Build rapport and awareness with elected officials, decision makers, and influencers.

  3. Educate stakeholders and legislators about the importance of telehealth in providing care to our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to make current telehealth flexibilities, including PPS payment for telephonic care, permanent.

  4. Highlight specific instances where telehealth has benefited the patient.

  We are pleased to showcase the following video testimonials on a week by week basis:

  1. Camarena Health

  2. CommuniCare Health Centers