Hosted by: Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
Nick Martin, Emerging Technology Consultant, Delaware Libraries
In response to the behavioral health crisis and growing digital divide, the Delaware Libraries have launched a three-pronged initiative to increase access to health and social services utilizing the public library infrastructure. The initiative consists of (1) deploying telehealth/teleservice booths in key rural libraries, (2) disseminating hundreds of Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to public libraries statewide, so patrons can check out devices like they would a library book, and (3) hiring a traveling community nurse to focus on treating the uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented. We recognize that the public libraries see some of the most vulnerable populations and understand it is our duty to adapt to best meet the needs of the communities we serve.