DEC 17

Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries

This webinar will highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear surrounding the opioid crisis, and promote healthier communities.

Public libraries are uniquely positioned to help their communities address substance misuse, homelessness, and mental health concerns, by connecting residents with accurate information and resources. Libraries are seen by many as safe, neutral spaces; but some topics carry fear and stigma that can have an outsized impact on staff and community members’ ability to respond. Compassionate training, policies, programming, and choice of terminology can help remove barriers that prevent people from seeking help for themselves or others, and give library staff the information and support they need to address this and other public health crises. This webinar will use several examples of library responses to the opioid crisis to highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear and promote healthier communities.

Presented by:

  • Tramaine EL-Amin, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Jessica Styons, Interim Executive Director/City Librarian, New Orleans Public Library
  • Sheila Prevost, Public Services Administrative Assistant, New Orleans Public Library
  • Sarah Babcock, Director of Healthy Environments and Communications, New Orleans Health Department
  • Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction

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17 December 2019


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]