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Telehealth: Public Health – Library Partnerships

Posted by on January 9th, 2024 Posted in: Blog


Learn about how a public health department is extending telehealth services in communities to close critical gaps in access to health care.

Image promoting the Library Telehealth Partnerships program. January 31, 2024 1:00 pm MT.

Date and Time: January 31, 2024 at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET

Speakers: Rachael Masaitis, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare;

George Strawley, Network of the National Library of Medicine

Description: In Idaho, the Department of Health and Welfare is supporting libraries as they offer telehealth connections for patrons. These services allow residents of rural communities and others who experience health inequities related to the “digital divide” to talk to their healthcare professional over an internet connection right at their local library. Hear from the coordinator of this fledgling program about how it has operated so far.

A representative of NNLM’s Region 4 will discuss training opportunities for providers who want to explore offering telehealth services at their library.

Register for this one hour session via NNLM’s training registration system.

The program in Idaho is a collaboration with Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  Funding was made available for laptops, microphones, and privacy booths at participating public libraries serving as a location for telehealth appointments while protecting privacy.

Register for the session to attend or view the recording of the program