Award Report – Community Health Fairs
The Booker Health Sciences Library has been exhibiting at community health fairs since 2004 as an outreach effort to promote the library’s consumer health information home delivery service, as well as reliable consumer health resources. Experience had shown that attendees at community health fairs do not generally stop at tables that only offer literature as a ‘giveaway’ or require an electronic demonstration. The library’s home delivery service has grown in popularity over the years, particularly with the proliferation of active adult communities within Meridian Health’s catchment area. Many of these residents, we found, did not own a computer or used a computer primarily for emailing or quick reference. Providing reliable, credible health information for this target population helps to meet the NN/LM’s mission. Refrigerator magnets provide the target population with a handy way to facilitate this.
Catherine Boss- Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.