Health Happens in Libraries: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library
In this WebJunction webinar, participants will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services.
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Access to reliable consumer health information is an essential component of individual and community well-being. Because of their unique role and reputation for being open and available to all, public libraries bring valuable assets to supporting local community health efforts. In this WebJunction webinar, participants will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services. Participants will be introduced to foundational considerations for ensuring ethics and privacy in patron interactions, maintaining health collections at the public library, addressing community health literacy, and supporting healthy communities through partnerships. Participants will also be introduced to resources to advance these topics in their community, and leave the session prepared to join the strong network of public libraries advancing health education nationwide.
Presented by: Francisca Goldsmith, Library Services Trainer
- View Webinar Recording (You will be prompted to log in to our free Course Catalog.)
- WebJunction's Health Happens in Libraries section
- NEW Supporting Healthy Communities (PDF)
- Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: helping the community understand health-care options, by Francisca Goldsmith
- Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses, RUSA
- Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
- National Networks of Library of Medicine - Health Literacy
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Health Literacy
- PlainLanguage.gov - Health Literacy
- healthfinder.gov and info on syndication on your library's website
- 2-1-1 http://www.211search.org
- Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library (pdf)
- Urban Libraries Council, Health, Wellness & Safety Innovators
- Community health data resources include
- American FactFinder: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
- Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
- Kaiser Family Foundation health topic data: http://kff.org/
- Other Language Resources for ACA at HealthCare.gov and by phone, consumer call center is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1-800-318-2596 toll free (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Assistance is available in 150 languages.
- Using a qualified medical interpreter, and not a family member or other substitute, is a vital part of good medical care. Here is an informative video, including vignettes, produced by UCLA Health Interpreter Services which can be used to illustrate the importance of using professional interpreters: https://youtu.be/9JLytaKjceU
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