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“Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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How do you get the community involved in a wellness program that centers around Libraries? That was our question last fall, as we created the “Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program.  Here at Springvale Public Library, we had created many ‘in house’ wellness programs for our employees and thought, why not convert this fun idea into a community wide program?  So we did.

With the help of a talented and highly valued volunteer, we brainstormed our initial idea into an actual game board.  We then invited our neighbors Goodall Memorial Library, Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Partners for Healthier Communities and Sanford Institution for Savings to join us.  There were many meetings and lots of enthusiasm for this out-of-the- box idea before it was launched on March 1st.

The program was in the form of a game in which participants completed various ‘healthy’ tasks listed that marched them through a game board.  Examples of tasks included:  going for walks, attending a Library program, exercising at the YMCA, checking out a cookbook from the Library, exploring  your roots at and  16 other health-related tasks.  As each task was completed they were able to come into either Library and get their game board stamped and earn raffle tickets for donated prizes from local organizations.  Wild spaces also allowed participants to choose their own healthy option for the day.  The program ran from March 1st to May 11th.

We were thrilled to have 144 people sign up; the first 25 at each library received a pedometer.  During the 10 week program we had a steady stream of participants visiting the library.  We concluded the program with a “Celebrate Spring” event that featured a smoothie blender bike, various venders promoting health and wellness, a mini book sale, a local band and of course PRIZES for our participants.

Our goal was to raise awareness about the important role that Libraries play in the community and how they can offer many resources to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Where else can you go to check out books on wellness or exercise DVDs and attend an educational program?

Overall, we feel the program was a huge success and we’re planning on doing it again with a few tweaks.  It was a great collaboration with local organizations and the feedback from our community was tremendous and very positive.  A win-win for both Libraries and participants and most importantly, it was FUN!

By Dawn Brown,  Assistant Library Director

Springvale Public Library

Springvale, Maine


Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

This week, I presented at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Higher Education Technical Assistance Program. The HETAP workshop included a New England Region Federal Panel. I had the pleasure to connect with Regional Administrators for HHS, HRSA, and SAMHSA. Each presented shared an overview of their services and funding opportunities.

The OMHRC presented about the services they provide to the public such as research assistance to prepare grants. The OMHRC is the nation’s largest repository of information on health issues specific to African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The OMRHC’s Information Services can help you identify the most current minority health data.

-Michelle Eberle

Description of the OMHRC

Information Services

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center researches and responds to telephone, e-mail and mail inquiries from the public. Examples of information we can assist with include database search results, funding sources and the most current data specific to a variety of health conditions and issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities.

All of our Information Specialists provide free, high-quality customized responses for health professionals, community/faith-based organizations, students, consumers and members of Congress on a variety of topics related to minority health and health disparities.

Information Specialists are available to provide searches on sources of federal and non-federal funding, the latest minority health research, and current data and statistics on a variety of health conditions and issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities. We are also able to provided limited quantities of consumer health publications.

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is also a referral service and Information Specialists can provide free assistance referring clients to health information or to relevant health organizations.

How do I request information?
Call: 1-800-444-6472 (English and Spanish)
TDD: 301-251-1432
Mail: Office of Minority Health Resource Center
PO Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
The toll-free telephone line is staffed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm eastern time, Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays). The toll-free line is accessible within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What kind of customized searches are available?
Information Specialists are available to offer the latest minority health information on a variety of health conditions and issues and resources. These searches include: current literature (research and peer review articles); national and local minority health data/statistics; and national and local resources, programs, events and materials for your community. Depending on the difficulty of the request, searches may take up to 5 business days to complete. An Information Specialist will work with you to make sure you receive the most accurate resources for your program.

Share Your Program Success Stories

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center’s Blog features two new posts about how to create a program success story.

I’m planning to use the CDC’s Story Builder to document a program success story from our New Hampshire State Library MedlinePlus Train-the-Trainer.  If you use the Story Builder, the OERC would love to hear about your experience.  Share your experience with Cindy Olney.  The OERC is always interested to publicize NN/LM Network Members program successes in their blog.  If you have a project success (that includes an assessment/evaluation component), please send your story to Cindy.

-Michelle Eberle

Sewell Stipends for APHA 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.


This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (


History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund


The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.


The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).


More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

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