East Brunswick Library to Participate in Statewide Telehealth Program

The New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, will administer a statewide telehealth program, NJHealthConnect @ Your Library, to remove barriers to health equity for residents of the New Jersey.

The program, due to launch this month, will provide access to health care services at select public libraries across the state.

NJHealthConnect @ Your Library will be hosted by Just For The Health Of It, a health literacy program developed by the East Brunswick Public Library.

The project is supported by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds provided to the New Jersey State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

NJHealthConnect @ Your Library addresses the barrier of access to care that is common among people who do not have access to technology and cannot see a doctor during regular hours. The program uses iPads preloaded with 24/7 telemedicine apps from major state hospital systems. Each iPad contains links to multilingual health information; adult and adolescent mental health resources; Zoom and Google apps for doctor conferences; crisis hotlines; and links to the latest Covid updates in English and Spanish.

The program also includes a team of consumer health librarians at the East Brunswick Public Library who will train and assist participating libraries in implementing the telehealth program in their communities.

The East Brunswick Public Library will serve as a statewide hub for participating libraries and will distribute a total of 450 iPads to 152 participating public libraries across the state.

“We are grateful for the availability of funds from ARPA, which will allow us to support the state’s mission to help people obtain timely, high-quality health care services. The ongoing pandemic has underscored the need for health literacy, especially among vulnerable populations, and we are proud that public libraries are bridging the digital divide by bringing telehealth resources to their communities,” said Jen Nelson, Librarian of the state of New Jersey.

“I would like to thank the New Jersey State Library for recognizing the commitment and quality of the East Brunswick Public Library’s health care literacy program, Just for the Health of It. Your commitment of $323,000 of ARPA funds to our program allows us to help more state residents at a time when it is difficult to reach healthcare providers,” said Brad Cohen. “As Mayor and Chair of the Library Board, I am very proud of our library, our staff and our professionals who have put in place such a comprehensive health and wellness program allowing the East to Brunswick to become a true healthcare corridor.”

Further information is available online at www.njstatelib.org/NJHealthConnect.

  • This information was provided by the East Brunswick Public Library.

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