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Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals

The Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals is retiring for the time being. We hope to serve library and consumer health professionals in the future. Please direct any questions and feedback to Jen Giffin at lib-nnlmallofus@uiowa.edu.

The NNLM has partnered with the All of Us Research Program to help libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by offering a Consumer Health Community of Practice for library professionals.

Three reasons to participate:

  1. Find and share critical consumer health resources
  2. Find and connect with other consumer health professionals
  3. Engage in important and interesting conversations around consumer health

Featured:

A comprehensive site with a directory of health services, statistics, and resources (such as 10 things LGBT patients should discuss with their health care providers). Also included is a listing of LGBT Health Clinics by state and city.


Engage with Other Consumer Health Professionals:

Engage on important topics:

  1. Need a free NNLM account to participate.
  2. With your NNLM log-in. Enter the class – the first time you will need to add the following password: cp2020

Consumer Health Community of Practice – We are stronger together
 
This pilot community has been created with two stated objectives:

  1. Develop an engaged network of librarians who are participating in the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by providing a variety of engagement and learning opportunities on various topics connected to health & wellness and All of Us.
  2. Assess the types of activities that are successful in engaging libraries around health & wellness that can be shared with All of Us and will inform future engagement activities around the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. 

Are you interested in participating in this community? Here are two important things to know:

First: This community of practice is funded by the All of Us Research Program and so their goals are our goals. You can learn more about All of Us here.

Second: All of the resources in this community of practice are for every library worker who is working or wanting to work to advance access to quality consumer health information in their communities. (Even if you decide not to partner with NNLM to support All of Us). If you work in a library and if you are invested in transforming access to trusted health information, improving health literacy and health outcomes in your communities we want you to have:

  1. Access to all relevant resources in one easy location.
  2. Opportunity to have important discussions and contribute questions and general conversation and also as trusted experts in the field.
  3. Community with others in the field through participating in and connecting with colleagues who are listed in the database.

 

Due to privacy concerns, there are some resources that require an NNLM account, which is free to obtain. We may also promote resources that are external to NNLM that may have their own account requirements.
Welcome to the Community of Practice - we hope you connect with others here!
We welcome feedback at any time. Please share your feedback.
 

People sitting around a table in a meeting

Community of Practice engagement forums are a great opportunity for us to have discussions about the questions that are important to us in the work that we do. The first time you will need to create an NNLM account if you do not have one and then you can proceed to the discussions using this code: cp2020 (It is the year 2020 so the 0s are zeros)

If you have a recommendation for a discussion topic or would like to be a guest facilitator,  please let us know through this feedback form.

This Community of Practice is here for you and most importantly used and built by you. We will continually add trusted resources as you bring them to our attention and organize them in a manner that makes it easy for you to access as needed.

These resources have initially been curated from the existing resources and staff knowledge in the NNLM and other trusted organizations, resources and tools for library and health workers. If you have any additions, comments or suggestions – please use this feedback link to let us know right away.

Resource Description
#libs4health
#libs4health

Social Media hashtag #libs4health is a way to link your health related social media posts and also to find other people and information that use #libs4health

Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists

This site provides educational resources for both the general public and mental health professionals, including virtual educational sessions and previously recorded sessions. There is also a referral portal to locate a local care provider/member of the Association of LBGTQ+ Psychiatrists.

Bringing Health Information to the Community Logo
Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC)

Bringing Health Information to the Community is an NNLM blog that shares health information resources, news, and issues affecting communities.

Copy of CDC Banner Image of Father helping a small child with a tissue.
CDC - Coping with the stress of COVID-19

Coping with Stress

Coping with stress during a COVID-19 outbreak will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.

CDC Refugee Health Profiles

The refugee health profiles linked from this page provide key health and cultural information about specific refugee groups resettling in the United States.

Each profile covers some of these topics:

CDC: LGBT Health

A comprehensive site with a directory of health services, statistics, and resources (such as 10 things LGBT patients should discuss with their health care providers). Also included is a listing of LGBT Health Clinics by state and city.

CDC logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same."

Class: From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented.

Community Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to provide a collection of resources, methods, and best practices for librarians participating in engagement activities in their communities.

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Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Consumer Health Professionals

Title State Expertise
April Wright Maryland
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Brittney Thomas Iowa
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Professional Development
Carolyn Martin Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Development
Catherine Martin Massachusetts
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Dana L. Ladd Virginia
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Jessi Van Der Volgen Utah
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Michael Balkenhol Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Development
Michele Spatz Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Nora Franco California
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Tess Wilson Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Event Description Date
Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation

Vaccine hesitancy has been a longstanding issue, even before the coronavirus pandemic. The growth of vaccine hesitancy in recent years is most commonly attributed to the anti-vaccine movement. Social media is often at the heart of this conversation as a tool used to spread vaccine opposed information and to connect vaccine-hesitant people with each other. This webinar aims to give an overview of understanding vaccine hesitancy, both around childhood vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccine, and how social media has facilitated this movement.

Mar 1, 2021
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This class is offered in Moodle.

Mar 1, 2021
Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This class takes place in Moodle from March 1, 2021 - April 11, 2021.

Mar 1, 2021
Digital Partnership: Academic Health Science Libraries as Partners in the Future of Telehealth

The nature of library partnerships continue to evolve based on the introduction of new technologies and programs that focus on leveraging the expertise of academic and health system libraries to support telehealth applications. These partnerships benefit from strong support in traditional areas such as research and scholarship while taking advantage of the community relationships that extend out for health promotion and education.

Mar 2, 2021
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

This class is offered in Webex.

Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 1 total Category I continuing education contact hour. Advanced level continuing education hours are 0.

Mar 3, 2021
How PubMed® Works: Introduction

This class is offered in Webex.

Mar 4, 2021
FULL Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research

This is a 3 week online course taught in Moodle March 8-26, 2021. It is worth 4 MLA continuing education credits. This class is limited to 35 registrants. There is no wait list.

Mar 8, 2021
Pitching Public Health to Public Libraries: Finding Common Ground

As public health practice and public librarianship evolve to meet the current needs of communities, their goals and missions are converging, but we use different language. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how to find common ground, establish shared language, and identify how libraries and public health departments can work together to promote the health of their communities.

Presenters

Scott Allen is Deputy Director at the Public Library Association (PLA).

Mar 9, 2021
Enhance Your Public Health Searching Skills

Public health practice depends on quality information but there isn't a lot of time for busy practitioners to find what they need and put it to use. This webinar will share resources and strategies from three public health-trained librarians to help you optimize the time you spend searching so you can focus on sharing what you find with your clients and colleagues.

Mar 10, 2021
NNLM Reading Club Presents...Resurrection Lily with author Amy Byer Shainman

Please join us as Amy Byer Shainman, also known as the BRCA Responder, talks about her book, Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew with genetic counselor Ellen Matloff.

Mar 11, 2021

All of Us Research ProgramFunding for this Consumer Health Community of Practice has been provided by the All of Us Research Project. Find the contact information for the Engagement Coordinator whom facilitates partnerships in your location.