Poor and sick checking out libraries for healthcare

January 18, 2017

Public libraries in Philadelphia are bringing health services directly to their patrons, according to an article on the Governing website.

Last year, a branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was transformed into the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The building has not only a traditional library but also a pediatric and primary care clinic on the top floors.

In Pima County, Ariz., the library system teamed up with the county health department to have one full-time nurse on the library staff and have nurses make rounds in the 27 branches.

One nurse told Nurse.com that he sometimes sees about 30 people per day who previously might have gotten 911 called on them.

Read the article.



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