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]