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Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Project

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Is your library committed to making inroads with community partners? We invite you to learn outcomes-based planning in an online group setting. Our group will explore health information outreach project planning. Examples of community outreach include: inviting a community partner to do health screenings at your location; hosting wellness classes taught by a community partner; teaching health information classes at a community partner’s location; or collaborating with partners to bring in guest speakers on health topics. We will use the Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Booklets, a series of three booklets from The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC).

Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach
Thursday, October 29th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
We’ll discuss the best approaches to get organized to perform a literature search, identify our stakeholders and gather community information.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects
Tuesday, December 1st 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Come learn how to connect activities to outcomes with a logic model. Participants will have a chance to share ideas for outreach to community partners and get feedback from others.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data
Thursday, January 14th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) leadership will go over the ins and outs of data collection methods. We will learn how to analyze data for quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Health Information Outreach Project Planning and Evaluation Showcase
Tuesday, April 12th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Share your completed worksheets and activities from the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects booklets. The showcase is open to all NER network members interested to learn more about getting started with community-based outreach, planning outcomes-based outreach projects, and collecting and analyzing evaluation data.

What You Will Get from the Experience:

  • The Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Booklets
  • Peer support for planning outreach to community partners
  • Independent study of booklets in advance of group discussion
  • 8 Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) CE units

If you participate in all for sessions of this project, you will only need 4 other MLA CHIS credits to qualify for the MLA CHIS Level 1.

Register on our training calendar.

You can attend all or teleconferences of your choice. We hope you will attend all.

This project is led by Margot Malachowski (Baystate Health), Michelle Eberle (NN/LM NER), Cindy Olney (NN/LM OERC), and Karen Vargas (NN/LM OERC) and sponsored by the NN/LM Healthy Communities COI (Community of Interest).

CommunicateHealth Webinars

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Librarians  HeartHealth Literacy

We have a crush on health literacy. Maybe you do, too. Or maybe you only like it as a friend. And of course it’s possible that you have no idea what health literacy is. Whatever kind of relationship you have, it’s about to get better. Join us on Thursday, November 19th at 10:30 AM for a webinar chock full of practical health literacy tips and tricks from Stacy Robison, President of CommunicateHealth and creator of the weekly We Heart Health Literacy series.

Make an Impact with Your Online Content: Design for Usability and Accessibility

Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM for a webinar that delves into the latest evidence-based, applied tips to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences — particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills. Using the latest version of HHS’ Health Literacy Online, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, Director of User-Centered Design at CommunicateHealth, will walk us through the latest research trends to make your online (including mobile!) health content effective and impactful.

Presenter Bios

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, President and co-founder of CommunicateHealth, Inc. started the business at age 30… in her attic. 7 short years later, CommunicateHealth has 40 employees — and an impressive roster of government and private sector clients.

CommunicateHealth was founded on a core principle: people deserve clear and simple information about their health. Under Stacy’s direction, the CommunicateHealth team has won numerous awards for their work on consumer health websites and plain language materials. Their clients include CVS Pharmacy, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Stacy has been a key player in the field of health literacy for the past decade, helping to develop several tools and resources for health professionals. In 2013, Stacy and the CommunicateHealth team launched We Heart Health Literacy — a light-hearted weekly email tip delivered to the inboxes of more than 1,200 subscribers.

Sandy Williams Hilfiker, MA, Director of User-Centered Design and Principal of CommunicateHealth, Inc., is a leading expert in the design and development of consumer health websites and e-health tools for users with limited health literacy skills and limited experience with the web. With experience testing websites, apps, and print materials with well over 2,000 limited literacy users and public health professionals, her expertise in the intersection of health literacy and usability is unparalleled. She is a passionate advocate for user-centered design spending over a decade dedicated to health communication and usability research. Sandy served as a Lead Editor for both editions of Health Literacy Online.

Register on our Training Calendar at:


Ayer Library: Story-time Garden

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


[Guest post by Samantha Benoit]

The Ayer Library has been hosting a weekly story-time every Thursday for many years, it is during this time that we, as a librarians, try to expose this rambunctious group of toddlers to a variety of life experiences. With the introduction of STEM the library has been trying to incorporate science based events into its weekly story-time program. In early spring we had the idea to plant a garden with kids, and give them the experience of caring for, and growing plants.

The inspiration for this program stemmed from a number of families who lamented the fact they would not be able to plant a garden of their own. Many of the families in Ayer rent either apartments or houses, and cannot cultivate gardens on their property. Most of the staff however grew-up having gardens, and learned how to care for and harvest plants. We thought that planting a garden at the library would be a way to provide this learning experience for the kids, and it fit in nicely with the STEM programming we had been encouraging.

We had decided upon a raised bed for the garden, for easy maintenance, and so we would not have to ruin the library’s lawn. The bed is 4ftx6ft, and 7in. deep, and made from a few boards of untreated wood, and was built by the library staff. We lined the bottom with newspaper to prevent the grass from growing through, and then it was filled with soil. When buying plants for the garden, we kept in mind that we wanted the kids to interact with the plants, so a variety of vegetables were purchased, as well as herbs that had distinctive smells. From this planning we have a number of easy to grow vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, green beans and cucumbers, as well as herbs like mint, rosemary and lavender.

There were two programs running on the day of planting, one where a small group of kids planted and another where the kids were able to learn about worms. Since worms are essential to a garden’s health, we felt it was important of the kids to be able to have some hands on experience with them. This also broke up the group into two smaller and much easier to handle groups for planting. The worms were later released into the garden. Many of the kids loved planting the garden and continue to check on it each week. They like to report on how big their plants have grown. The parents have also shown an interest in the garden’s progress, which is encouraging. Other patrons have been asked to become involved in this project, we leave watering cans by the garden so that everyone can help take care of it. We have tried to make this a community effort, and it has been very successful, and we will definitely continue this project in the next few years.

Samantha Benoit, MLIS – Young Adult Librarian

Amy Leonard, M.Ed – Children’s Librarian

Christina Zoller – Assistant Children’s Librarian



Healthnet News

Friday, September 18th, 2015

[Guest post by Wendy Urciuoli]

Hello everyone:

Just under the end-of-summer deadline… Whew!!

The current issue of HEALTHNET News focuses on America’s overconsumption of medical services and its adverse consequences. The issue also discusses how decision aids are helping patients choose how much care and what kind of care is right for them. Online resources for decision aids are included.

Here is the link to our summer issue:



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