Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Thomas Rogers

Second Advisor

Thomas Rogers


The Monterey County Health Department Planning, Evaluation and Policy (PEP) Unit's goals are to empower the community, enhance public health and safety, ensure access to care, and engage the workforce. MCHD encourages all employees to understand social justice and equity for low-income and communities of color. Understanding and addressing health inequalities and justice in the county can improve overall health for everyone. The digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted too many Monterey County residents. The lack of computer access, computer literacy, and internet access may have impacted vaccination rates and even delayed COVID-19 resources. Utilizing the Monterey County COVID-19 Call Center data has highlighted the importance of computer literacy, computer and internet access during a global pandemic. Recommendations for this project include promoting and partnering up with Loaves, Fishes, and Computers, a local nonprofit organization located in Salinas, local libraries, and adult schools. Along with collaborating with other agencies, there is a need to increase internet carriers in rural parts of Monterey County. Lastly, collaborating with nonprofit organizations and local agencies to ensure that all programs and resources are created and implemented for all individuals, not just those who have access to the internet, computer, or have the technical skills to utilize a device.

Additional Files

Digital Divide in Monterey County.pdf (3587 kB)