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“Libraries Can Play Crucial Role in Public Health, According to EveryLibrary”

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Libraries Can Play Crucial Role in Public Health, According to EveryLibrary”

EveryLibrary shared the following press release via email on October 5:

Libraries Can Play Crucial Role in Public Health, According to EveryLibrary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2021

Libraries have always played an important role in their communities, but now libraries have an opportunity that can literally save lives. “By facilitating telehealth appointments and routine screening for members of underserved communities, libraries can provide health care to those in need,” said John Chrastka, executive director of Each library and the EveryLibrary Institute. “Many libraries have never considered this approach to help their patrons, but it is possible. Some libraries are already doing this.

In collaboration with telehealth expert Craig Settles, the EveryLibrary Institute is proud to announce a new white paper: “Telehealth Services and Public Libraries: Life-Changing and Lifesaving Opportunities for Libraries to Power Telehealth Solutions in Their Communities.” Saved from stroke through telehealth, Craig Settles is moving forward by uniting broadband community teams and health care providers through telehealth projects that transform the delivery of health care. In the report, Settles explores the models used in the [country] that positively impact individual and community health while building new relationships for public libraries.

In addition to the report, the EveryLibrary Institute hosts an on-demand webinar: “Libraries and Telehealth: Tackling the Health Care Gap!” By Mr. Settles as an accompaniment to the report. Anyone who has registered for the webinar or downloads the report has access to both.

Telehealth is an important health service, but not everyone has access to it

Telehealth services help physicians observe, diagnose, medically initiate or respond to, administer, monitor, record and / or report on the continuum of care that receives sick, injured, or wishing to stay healthy. Federally licensed health centers provide telehealth services to Medicare, and generally provide services regardless of an individual’s health condition or ability to pay.

To access telehealth services, patients need Internet access and a computer. Many people in rural areas and underserved communities have limited Internet access and are often excluded from telehealth services at their local clinics.

What Libraries Can Do

Libraries can help. By making it easier for patrons to access affordable, high-quality health care, libraries can help patrons get routine screenings, consult with physicians about illnesses, and follow up with physicians when they are diagnosed. a low-cost or no-charge telehealth appointment.

Partnerships are the key to the success of these initiatives. “Health partnerships could include public organizations such as [as] ministries of health, health centers approved by the federal government [FQHCs], and nonprofit organizations that provide health care to those who are uninsured, ”said Dr. William Payne of Franciscan St. James Health / Specialty Physicians in the report. “Of course, individual doctors and independent medical groups will be interested, as well as hospitals and their providers and health systems.”

Federal funds and grants are available

The FCC’s $ 7 billion broadband grant program allows libraries to significantly increase their programs for lending laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to patrons. The FCC also gives libraries the ability to build and own broadband networks if there is no provider in the area.

In a related effort, the Biden administration raised funds to turn 1,000 barber shops and hair salons into mini-medical centers offering vaccines to clients. The success of this project motivates homeowners to do more for community health. Libraries are ideal partners who can provide broadband access, digital content, and digital and health literacy clients.

Libraries can provide stores with laptops, telehealth software, and portable wireless hotspots to provide blood pressure screening and other health services tailored to clients’ needs. Stores and customers often do not have computers or Internet access. Telehealth devices such as portable digital blood pressure monitors and digital scales must be provided separately, possibly with funds from another government agency such as Health & Human Services.

For hypertension screening, stores can digitally take customers’ blood pressure and transmit the data to telehealth healthcare. Partners can recommend treatment when necessary or desirable. Stores can decide which additional telehealth services they or their partners wish to provide.

Make it happen

Libraries wishing to help patrons access telehealth can start by seeking out IT providers who wish to partner with the library in supporting the library’s mission. Strict and strong Service Level Agreements (SLMs) will help facilitate the relationship, and the library administration should be committed to holding partners accountable.

Libraries can get help in these efforts from partners like EveryLibrary Institute, a national 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to support libraries and librarians in the United States and abroad. EveryLibrary provides training and support to libraries to help them overcome the challenges they face, whether those challenges relate to funding or simply serving their communities.

“Organizations like EveryLibrary can help libraries harness the power of voting and the power of grants to help serve their communities and connect their clients to health services,” said Chrastka. “EveryLibrary believes in the power of libraries and we are here to help them become more powerful and useful in their communities. “

“Telehealth Services and Public Libraries: Life-Changing and Lifesaving Opportunities for Libraries to Power Telehealth Solutions in Their Communities” and “Libraries and Telehealth: Tackling the Health Care Gap! Are available for download and viewing now: https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/teleheath_and_libraries_report and https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/telehealth_2021

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About EveryLibrary

EveryLibrary is a 501c4 political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided donor-supported pro bono advice and guidance to 63 library campaigns, helping to raise more than $ 220 million in tax stable funding. Since 2016, EveryLibrary has provided strategic and tactical support to school library communities on education and tax policy, while supporting dozens of challenges for school library budgets and school librarian positions in schools and districts. Across the country.

About EveryLibrary Institute

The EveryLibrary Institute is a national, 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support libraries and librarians in the United States and abroad. We partner with allied organizations including foundations, philanthropic organizations, associations, nonprofits and academic institutions to improve the perception of libraries and librarianship through direct engagement with the public.

About Craig settles down

Saved from stroke through telehealth, Craig Settles is moving forward by uniting broadband community teams and health care providers through telehealth projects that transform the delivery of health care. Mr. Settles sees telehealth as the “Killer App” that can bridge the digital divide because everyone is sick or caring for someone who is sick. Telehealth technology and home broadband provide opportunities for other home technology services that can improve quality of life, such as distance learning applications, home business application, and mobile phone applications. home entertainment.


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