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Public Libraries Lead Community Health Engagement

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Five U.S. public libraries are currently participating in program activities of Health Happen in Libraries. Staff at these libraries are planning and implementing community health activities that will establish or deepen local partnerships to bring meaningful health services to their communities.

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (New York)
  • Crandon Public Library (Wisconsin)
  • Hampton Public Library (Virginia)
  • Charles Parish Library (Louisiana)
  • Wilkes County Public Library (North Carolina)

The experiences and processes of these libraries, as well as related project resources, will be posted to the Health Happens in Libraries community of practice in summer of 2015, to inspire and inform the development and delivery of community health programs by other public libraries. Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes of this exciting work!

Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Now Available

Data is a powerful tool for understanding unique community needs and opportunities, particularly in relation to many of the interconnected elements of health and wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made available Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015, “an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

“Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.” Public libraries and partners may find this resource to be a useful reference point for prioritizing or aligning health information and service efforts.

Communications Are Key

We’re curious – have you promoted your library’s health information and services to target audiences in your community? If so – we’d love to know more about your experience conducting outreach about this important topic! Please drop us a line and let us know who you’ve reached out to and how, and we’ll be happy to follow-up and learn more about your experience!

What’s New for You?

Do you have resources, news, or examples of community health programming at your library that you’d like to share? We’re always eager to highlight great service happening in the field. Feel free to reach us at any time via email or at #libs4health to share your story!

[Shared from WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries e~newsletter]

NER wants to know

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Please let us know your thoughts/ideas for our Communities of Interests and your future interests for professional development by completing this brief questionnaire.

Thank you very much!

Your Own Health Literacy CME/CNE Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Would you like to offer a health literacy CME/CNE program? Michelle Eberle would like to share materials she created for a CME program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. She’ll provide you with a presentation description and objectives to apply for CME at your hospital. Then, she’ll walk you through her slides and share tips for how you can customize the program. Following the webinar, Michelle will provide you with the slides for your own use.

Date:  March 4, 2015 from 2-3 PM

Register to attend the webinar by March 3, 2015.


For your reference, here is the description of the Health Literacy CME and objectives:

What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know about Health Literacy


Health literacy is a hot topic with many practical techniques for both providers and patients to improve the quality of the health care experience. Learn about ways to empower patients to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions. The presenter will discuss the latest trends and resources in the health literacy field. Attendees will learn about strategies for health care professionals from the National Action Plan for Health Literacy as well as other major health literacy initiatives.


At the conclusion of this CME activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Define health literacy and discuss the latest trends.
  • Understand each part of the definition of health literacy and leave equipped with resources to support patients to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.
  • Use Universal Precautions to assume that everyone may have difficulty understanding and
  • creating an environment where patients of all literacy levels can thrive.
  • Describe strategies for health care professionals from the National Action Plan for Health Literacy.


Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 30th, 2015

[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]

Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.


  • Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
  • Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
  • Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
  • The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

The Toolkit includes:

  • An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
  • Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue
  • Contact information for leading experts on the issue

Contact: Marilyn Serafini 202/789-2300

Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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