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No Technology? Staying Connected

Trans Communities
TOPIC AREAS
Core Concepts, Self-Help
PUBLICATION DATE
May 2, 2020

The world has shifted to zoom calls, video chats, telemedicine, therapy by video, MyChart communication with providers, and so much more that’s online or technology-dependent. How do you stay connected and receive the services you deserve if you don’t have a smart phone, web cam, or computer? Let’s chat about it and find some solutions!

SPEAKER:

Carolyn Wesolowski (Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Linkage to Care Specialist)

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

(c) 2020

Introduction 0:00
The importance of social connection for wellbeing 4:22
The “digital divide” 5:56
Strategies for getting connected without technology 7:08
Letter writing/sending postcards 7:43
Little free libraries 8:26
Sitting outside/chatting with neighbors 9:29

Sharing technology with others 10:02
In-person health visits instead of telehealth 12:12
Reaching out as a form of connection 15:01
How to get connected to tech 16:33
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin 17:42
Free WiFi hotspot map 18:54
Getting a phone through Life Line Support 20:21

How to apply for services without tech? 25:08
Where can people donate old computers/phones? 25:59
Free/discounted internet? 28:42
On It foundation: free/discounted computers for students 30:43
Limited tech and telehealth? 32:13
Ordering groceries/supplies with limited tech 36:40

How can we offer assistance delivering groceries/supplies? 41:20
Mutual aid requests/volunteering 42:48
Getting help with just a phone (no internet) 44:33
Carolyn’s contact information 47:22
Shelley’s contact information 49:59
Sources of educational content/digital library content 50:56
How is the Inclusion Clinic handling visits? 54:52