Library Heroes Make Health Happen
Download the New Health Happens in Libraries Infographic! View the infographic in various formats below or use the links at right to download printable and full-length versions.
Have you ever wondered how to start a conversation with colleagues, community partners or your library's board about why now is the time to take action on supporting community health? We've got your answer right here! WebJunction and our partners at ZeroDivide have published a shareable infographic about the essential role public libraries play in addressing equitable access to health information and resources.
We've titled it Library Heroes Make Health Happen as an homage to the amazing work happening in libraries around the country that goes above and beyond what many may still consider the "traditional" role of libraries.
Just as libraries are about more than books these days, health is about more than healthcare, and public libraries are perfect partners to address local health priorities. In fact, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a prominent philanthropy focused primarily on health, has identified public libraries specifically as drivers of social and economic factors of community health in their national Building a Culture of Health initiative.
Libraries have the information literacy expertise and community partnership potential that are critical to foster local cultures of health, and community health stakeholders are increasingly aware of this.
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The following resources were used to create this infographic:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. . Public Libraries for Health
- County Health Rankings. . What Works for Health
- Pew Research Center. . Libraries at the Crossroads
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. . Health Communication and Health Information Technology
- Berkman ND, DeWalt DA, Pignone MP, et al. . Literacy and Health Outcomes: Summary
- University of Maryland. . 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey: Survey Findings and Results
To learn more about Health Happens in Libraries visit our overview page, which includes links to additional news items, frequently asked questions and related webinars.