Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) offers library customers the ability to speak with a health literacy social worker.
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is aware that people throughout the county are struggling. This is a grant to serve all residents of Middlesex County. Many people have lost businesses and jobs caused by the pandemic. The social worker will help guide people to places for comfort, assistance, resources for help and skills building so that they can recover emotionally and financially.” said Karen Parry, the library’s Information Services Manager.
Emerith Hernandez Cortes, MSW, Health Literacy Social worker, is a bi-lingual social worker who speaks both Spanish and English. She can help people with needs such as food, housing, addiction, health services, job loss, small business recovery, places to find employment, and mental health topics.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these sessions are conducted virtually. Ms. Cortes is bilingual; speaking both English and Spanish
Appointments with Ms. Cortes can be made by calling 732-518-8247 or by e-mail at [email protected] These appointments are digital on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Thursdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Sessions are private and confidential. The library advises that if there is an emergency to call 911.
The program runs through November 30. This service is offered through the library’s Just For The Health Of It! consumer health and wellness information initiative. To learn more, visit www.justforthehealthofit.org.