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From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information

Class Details

Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that information can be difficult.This class will look at how social determinants of health affect teens and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. This class will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.

This is a one hour webinar that will provide youth-serving staff with skills and knowledge related to health information and health-focused programming. The one hour class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Supplemental modules will be development to address specific health topics.

Objectives:
This presentation provides an overview of national teen health topics, providing health information to teens, and incorporating health resources from National Library of Medicine and other reputable sources into teen health programs and services. By the end of the session participants will:

  • Increase knowledge of current teen health issues and authoritative teen health information resources
  • Learn ways to improve communication skills and build confidence in discussing health issues with teens.
  • Explore active and passive methods for infusing health information into library spaces, services, and programs

Presenters:
Dr. Jennifer Banas (MPH, MSEd, EdD, CHES) is an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University in the community health program. Previous to this appointment, she was a high school teacher, county health department educator, and hospital community educator. Her research focuses on health and information literacy and community-based approaches to improving public health.

Veronica Leigh Milliner is the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She works with public libraries to build capacity to provide health programming and improve health literacy of their patrons. She is a librarian who has previously worked in public libraries, both within the United States and abroad, with a focus on programming, outreach services, community engagement, and staff training. She is interested in exploring the role of the public library as a community asset and nontraditional library programs and services that meet people where they are.

Robin Willard has made a career supporting initiatives promoting youth development at Chicago Public Library. Over the past twenty five years, she has worked in positions serving children and young adults ages six months to eighteen years, as well as parents and educators. She has been responsible for collection development; reference; readers advisory; exhibits, website and blog content, and programming. Committed to increasing the quality and quantity of teen programs across the city, Robin currently works in Teen Services administration where she plans, researches, advocates for standards and best practices as well as provides mentorship and creates professional development opportunities to guide and inspire staff serving teens across the city.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jul 26, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Instructor(s):
Veronica Leigh Milliner, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
1
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Body image, experimentation, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues important to teens as they experience many changes physically and mentally. Trusting adults and authority figures may not be easy for many teens. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. Seeking that help can be difficult. Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources. Both the blended and face-to-face classes will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Course Materials