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Spreading the Word about Informed Caring

By Mandy Meloy
Student Programs Coordinator
Wisconsin AHEC
Madison, WI

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) funded Wisconsin AHEC to promote InformedCaring.org, portal for Wisconsin health professionals. This site was designed to serve those working in local health departments, federally qualified community health centers, and others providing health services in rural and underserved communities in Wisconsin — particularly those without access to academic or hospital libraries.

With GMR funds, we coordinated with 12 public health departments, Community Health Centers, and partners to train staff, share ideas, gain useful feedback, and spread the word about InformedCaring.org. Trudging through harsh weather conditions, we reached 145 in-person staff. In the west, we reached Monroe County Health Department, Western Region Public Health Nurses and Health Directors Meeting in Eau Claire, and Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center. In central Wisconsin, we traveled to Wood County Health Department, Bridge Community Health Center, University of Wisconsin’s ICTR (Institute for Clinical and Translational Research) Community-Academic Partnership Steering Committee, LEAP (Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing Project), and the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. In the east, we ventured to Manitowoc County Health Department and Ozaukee County Health Department. In snow, we finally reached the north woods to present to the Oneida County Health Department.

In addition, we worked with the Wisconsin Department of Public Health to record a webinar which will be available on the public health professional development website, Train Wisconsin (https://wi.train.org/DesktopShell.aspx). With digital technology, we hope to reach many more health professionals throughout Wisconsin.

We also used NN/LM GMR funds to purchase promotional materials – bookmarks, magnets, hand sanitizers, pens, and pencil holders – to leave onsite as reminders that Informed Caring is available.

Thanks GMR for allowing us this opportunity to share our newly re-designed website and indeed spread the word about InformedCaring.org!

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