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.
The Health Happens in Libraries team has engaged state and public libraries, as well as consumer health experts, to explore the context of meaningful health and wellness outreach and education in communities. These partnerships inform the development of customized resources and promising practices for state and public libraries nationwide to utilize in related patron services. Resources will be posted here as they are developed.
Libraries across the country are developing local responses to patron requests regarding the Affordable Care Act. Below are examples of the types of ACA resources being compiled by and for libraries. Let us know if you have anything to add to this list!
American Library Association
Information from ALA on libraries and the ACA is available here.
Local Library Resource Examples
Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City, NJ
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis, IN
Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN
Santa Ana Public Library, Santa Ana, CA
San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, TX
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS
National Networks of Library of Medicine
National Networks of Library of Medicine has provided excellent ACA resources by region. You can identify your region and related resources here.
Statewide Library Resource Examples
Connecticut (from Connecticut Library Consortium)
Connecticut (from Connecticut State Library)
New Jersey (from NJACAPL - a collective of NJ public librarians)
Washington (from Washington Library Association)
Washington (from Washington State Library)