A lack of access to healthcare professionals is a key contributing factor to poor health outcomes in the United States. Telehealth services have the potential to improve those outcomes by removing geographic barriers and providing timely care with healthcare providers and specialists. However, gaps in accessing telehealth exist in rural areas: citizens may lack internet access, a private space, or the digital literacy skills necessary to benefit from telehealth.
Public libraries are increasingly recognizing the importance of facilitating access to telehealth services to their communities. These services can vary widely based on the resources and needs of the library and the community. This webinar will highlight a project in Colorado to fund the development of telehealth services in rural library sites across the state. You will learn more about the project, how participating sites are developing their telehealth services, and resources for networking and training. The project is a partnership between the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation.
This is an instance of the Bridging the Digital Divide: Telehealth and Libraries Webinar Series.
Kieran Hixon, BA, Rural & Small Library Consultant, Library Development Office, Colorado Department of Education
Ashley Heathfield, Sr. Project Manager, Office of eHealth Innovation
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1. Understand the opportunities and constraints of providing library telehealth services in rural areas.
2. Learn about innovative library programs and partnerships for telehealth in rural areas.
3. Address some of the common questions library staff have about providing telehealth services.
4. Identify resources and opportunities for networking and training on telehealth.