Telehealth is defined as “the use of communications technologies to provide health care from a distance.” Libraries are uniquely positioned to virtually connect underserved and rural communities with health care providers and supportive resources. Facilitating these services in a library setting is a new and emerging practice and Idaho has the opportunity to lead the way in this exciting new field. The ICfL, in partnership with the Blue Cross Foundation, will be awarding a total of $40,000 in grants to public libraries across Idaho to pilot a variety of telehealth projects in their communities.
Learn more about our broader Telehealth in Libraries initiative by visiting libraries.idaho.gov/telehealth.
The purpose of this grant is to identify, test, and adapt a variety of methods, practices, and tools for public libraries to use in establishing telehealth services. The lessons learned by these pilot libraries, the challenges they encounter, and the solutions they develop through this grant will serve as guideposts for future projects. To this end, we encourage selected libraries to be creative, take risks, and explore a range of possibilities.
Qualifying projects must incorporate or facilitate a direct connection between users and health-care providers. Projects may also include additional resources and support materials to help patrons monitor or maintain their health. See “Allowable Activities” for an expanded list of allowable uses.
See below for recordings and slides from this event. Resources shared in the webinar chat have been added below under “Grant Application and Resources.”
- Slide deck with speaker notes
- Video Recording: Due to some technical issues, we were not able to record the entire live session of the webinar. We have provided a “studio” recording of the presenation, along with a separate video of the full Q&A session that came afterwards. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.