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The Power of Public Health-Public Library Collaborations: Examples from Iowa Libraries

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Because public libraries and local public health agencies are at the heart of Iowa’s communities, they are well positioned to be partners in helping all people to have the opportunity to attain their highest possible level of health. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) received a $50,000 grant to fund the Harnessing the Power of Iowa’s Libraries project, which offers public health tools, resources and programs through public libraries.
Each library has tailored its public health offerings based on its local Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement Plan. In partnership with local public health agencies, libraries built on existing health promotion efforts and expanded their offerings. Presenters will share best practices, success stories and strategies for growth.


Abigail Chihak is the Community Health Administrator at the Dallas County Health Department. She earned a Master’s of Public Health and a Master’s of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Cindy Fiester is a RN at Linn County Public Health, Linn County, Iowa, where she works in prevention and management of chronic disease on a community level. She holds a BSN from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a BA from Iowa State University with a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Sociology.

Mary Murphy is the Director of the Perry Public Library. She has a Ph.D. in Business and Economics, and an MS and BS in Agricultural Economics. She has served on the ILA Leadership Committee and is serving currently on the Board of the Iowa Small Library Association as Secretary.

Angie Doyle Scar works at the Iowa Department of Public Health within the Office of Healthcare Transformation. Angie has a degree in Psychology from Upper Iowa University and a graduate degree in Public Health from Des Moines University.

Todd Simonson is the Public Service Manager for the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Todd has an MLIS degree from Valdosta State University and Master’s in Education degree from Northern Arizona University.

Continuing education
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. Please note: to claim CHES or CECH, a participant must log in to the session using the Zoom link provided upon registration.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

11:00 AM Pacific Time
12:00 PM Mountain Time
1:00 PM Central Time
2:00 PM Eastern Time

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Feb 9, 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM CT
Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP, Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

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