Connect2HealthFCC Beyond the Beltway Series: Michigan - October 27 & 28

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Detroit, Michigan

The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force (C2HFCC Task Force) traveled to Michigan on October 27-28, 2015, for a series of events focused on leveraging broadband technology to help reduce health disparities and on identifying opportunities to further encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the broadband health technology space. The various broadband health events and activities were hosted and/or co-sponsored by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, TechTown Detroit, and Wayne State University. View the Forum program.

As demonstrated in prior Task Force Beyond the Beltway events, broadband connectivity can serve as the backbone of a new, more effective and efficient health and care ecosystem. Michigan is a key focus state in this context, with significant health disparities and connectivity gaps. According to the 2014 Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 20% of households in Michigan report no broadband connection at home. In the urban center of Detroit, the percentage of households without high speed Internet connectivity increases to 38%.

October 27, 2015 - Detroit, Michigan

Site Visit: Detroit Community Technology Project
Commissioner Clyburn and the C2HFCC Task Force visited the Detroit Community Technology Project, an innovative, capacity-building effort that distributes tools and resources for community technology and digital stewardship.


October 28, 2015 - Detroit, Michigan

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Broadband Health Tech Forum:
Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Address Disparities, Drive Health Innovation, and Spur Entrepreneurship

Commissioner Clyburn and the C2HFCC Task Force joined Wayne State University and TechTown Detroit for a Broadband Health Tech Forum, featuring a wide range of local stakeholders including policymakers, academia, health care providers, health system administrators, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, foundations, communications companies, and community and other thought leaders. The Forum focused on a variety of issues concerning broadband technology, urban health disparities, and innovation and entrepreneurship. View the Forum program.

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Wayne State University's IBIO Integrative Sciences Center
6135 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202

The Forum's morning program focused on broadband connectivity as a new or unrecognized social determinant of health and will bring together the views of prominent health care leaders, practitioners, and researchers. The program included a discussion on the strategic and practical implications of considering broadband connectivity as a social determinant of health and will consider the beneficial impact this framework could have on efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate health and healthcare disparities. The session also identified and discussed adoption barriers to broadband health technology and potential solutions. M. Roy Wilson, President of Wayne State University, provided opening remarks.


  • Behavioral Health Telemedicine/Telepsychiatry and Mobile Outreach Programs: A New Approach to Facilitate Virtual Collaborative Integrated Medical-Behavioral Care, [ Presentation: without video, 2MB | with video, 671MB ], David Rosenberg, MD , Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Detroit's Broadband Infrastructure, Connectivity, and Adoption Issues Presentation, Marc Hudson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Rocket Fiber, LLC

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
TechTown Detroit @ The Garage
440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI 48202

The Forum's afternoon program focused on broadband health innovation and entrepreneurship in Detroit and surrounding areas, including the challenges and lessons learned in developing a connected health product concept, from design to funding and regulatory issues.


  • James Beasley, Former Chairman of the Detroit Cable Commission
  • Silas Buchanan, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for eHealth Equity
  • Monique Butler, MD Chief Medical Officer, Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital
  • Loretta V. Bush, MSA, President & CEO, Institute for Population Health
  • Jill Ford, Special Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Office of the Mayor, City of Detroit
  • Eric Frederick, Executive Director, Connect Michigan
  • M. Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH, Chief Health Innovation Officer, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission
  • Priya Gogoi, Co-Founder and Vice President, Research and Strategy, DeNovo Sciences
  • Patrick Gossman, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Community, Research and Special Projects, Wayne State University
  • Marc Hudson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Rocket Fiber, LLC
  • Pamela Lewis, Senior Program Manager, New Economy Initiative
  • James Mullen, President and Founder, Blood Monitoring Solutions, Inc.
  • Diana J. Nucera, Program Director, Detroit Community Technology Project
  • Adam Perzynski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University
  • Paul Riser, Managing Director, Technology-based Entrepreneurship, TechTown Detroit
  • David Rosenberg, MD, Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Yahya Shaikh, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor, Connected Health and Interagency Initiatives, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, Federal Communications Commission
  • Thomas Shehab, MD, Principal, Arboretum Ventures
  • Jamal Simmons, Co-Chair, Internet Innovation Alliance
  • Doug Skrzyniarz, Associate Vice President, Government Affairs, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Herbert Smitherman, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health, and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine; and President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation
  • M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University
  • Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness Officer, Henry Ford Health System

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