Deserts possess many fine qualities. Stunning sunsets. Lawncare is minimal. A rock collector's happy place. 'Care deserts' are something else altogether. Far too-many pockets across the United States offer limited access to medical services. Whether those gaps result from simple geography or socio-economic conditions, the results are often the same: underserved communities receiving sub-optimal attention. We are working to reach those communities by bringing people and physicians physically together, while also developing remote care technology that can join them virtually through NeuroSphere. Let us explain. 'A Daunting Task' Drs. Leigh Ann O’Banion and Misty Humphries are vascular surgeons who serve California's Central Valley, an 18,000 square mile swath of land known to some for its rich, rural beauty and to others for its paucity of medical specialists. Determined to bring specialized cardiovascular care to areas with limited access to it, they began mapping out a method to, 'improve the outcomes for our patients and communities,' O’Banion said. 'It turns out, that can be a pretty daunting task. We needed to reach out to a community that didn't know what they didn’t know.' In the coming weeks, their Abbott-sponsored team will roll out the first of several screening events. These are designed to not only share medical information, but also provide testing to determine if attendees have early signs of diabetes or related cardiovascular issues. While this initial event is scheduled to be focused on the south Central Valley, the ultimate goal is to advance health equity by delivering needed services to more underserved communities.