Maplewood Library has iPads available for loan for telehealth and medical needs

MAPLEWOOD – The ongoing pandemic has brought to light inequities in the health care system, particularly among the most marginalized members of the community, including immigrants, seniors and low-income people who lack access medical care, technology and health information. They face barriers to health equity, such as language, reading level, cost and irregular work hours. Maplewood Library plays a role in leveling the playing field by [email protected] library.

[email protected] library provides iPads preloaded with apps and links to telemedicine sites for doctor appointments, multilingual health information, low-literacy health resources, mental health support for adults and teens, COVID updates and crisis hotlines in New Jersey. Although not free, telemedicine is more affordable, portable, and convenient for people with or without medical insurance to connect with a doctor. It enables people, especially the most vulnerable, to obtain an early diagnosis, prevent disease, seek early therapeutic intervention and obtain and refill medication.

iPads are available at the Library’s Adult Services location at 129 Boyden Avenue. They can be borrowed by users with a valid Maplewood, BCCLS or ReBL library card. To reserve an iPad, contact the library at 973-762-1688 or [email protected]

The program is administered by the New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and is supported by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Additional information about this state program can be found online at www.njstatelib.org/njhealthconnect.

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