Health Happens in Libraries
Health Happens in Libraries is a program that magnifies the role of public libraries as key contributors to community health. By supporting public library staff with resources to respond confidently to patron requests for health information, and tools to form intentional partnerships with local community health experts, Health Happens in Libraries enhances public library capacity to advance health and wellness priorities in the communities they serve.
Libraries have a long history of meeting public demand for consumer health information. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Health Happens in Libraries acknowledges the growing intersection of digital technologies and individual health management, and the opportunities for libraries to provide both physical and digital access to meaningful health education in their communities.
- Opportunities to get involved, either through signing up for regular resource updates, or sharing your story and questions with program staff directly.
- Access to our latest project news, including profiles of libraries working to address community health needs and announcements regarding new resource or partnership opportunities.
- Information on upcoming and archived webinars, where libraries and other community-based health and wellness representatives can share their knowledge and experience.
- A growing repository of health information resources, including examples of related work undertaken by state and public libraries nationwide.
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Updates will include details about scheduled webinars and new additions to the resources available through WebJunction.
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Document / Last Modified: 16 May 2016
List of useful websites to find health information for Spanish speakers. Created in conjunction with Siga Adelante health and safety workshops.
Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project
Webinar / Last Modified: 13 May 2016
A webinar on an innovative and replicable project that leverages mobile technology and cross-discipline library references services to connect community members to critical health information.
News / Last Modified: 02 May 2016
One of my favorite things about public libraries is how visible and tangible learning is in these community spaces. Patrons from all over question, consider, explore and persevere within the information universe. Perhaps most invigorating for public ...
Document / Last Modified: 22 April 2016
Materials created by Springvale Public Library (ME) for their March into May health program. Here you'll find a promotional flyer, game board and bookmarks.
News / Last Modified: 18 April 2016
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center's Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use the...