Public Libraries and Community Partners for Wellness Literacy
Learn ways libraries can join with community partners to provide free, interactive, and engaging wellness programs. Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin Parks and Recreation, and Presence Saint Joseph’s Hospital show how to build valuable programs promoting health and wellness by collaborating with partners. Gail Borden Public Library District joined community network Activate Elgin to develop and launch March Into Health, an annual series of programs celebrating National Nutrition Month. Throughout March, thousands of attendees benefit from multi-generational, bilingual and multi-instructional presentations, classes, and events highlighting local wellness resources. Understand how libraries and health organizations work together at local and county level to access and share information that promotes community wellness. These ideas will help you find unique community resources, partners, and sponsors to build sustainable health literacy access, programming and initiatives.
Information Services Librarian, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, Illinois
Erin Donlan helps library customers find reliable information to answer their health related questions, and represents Gail Borden Public Library at the Kane County Community Health Improvement Plan Executive Committee.
Community Engagement Liaison, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, Illinois
Danielle engages to connect community and the library as they rise to fulfill their GBPLD mission: The library where imagination & transformation flourish, fueled by the power of community. She is a library representative to Activate Elgin Community Health Coalition and committee chair the A.E. Annual March into Health series and Elgin Community Council for health.
Director, City of Elgin Parks and Recreation
Oversees City of Elgin Parks and Recreation facilities, staff, parks, golf courses and operations. Chair of Activate Elgin city-wide health and wellness committee engaging all sectors of the community to work in harmony providing all residents with opportunities to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
Mary Carol MacDonald
Manager, Diabetes and Nutrition Services, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Mary Carol MacDonald received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She completed the Dietetic Internship at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and received her Master’s Degree in Public Health at Benedictine University. She represents the hospital as an Executive Committee Member for Kane County Health Department. Her passion is promoting health and preventing disease through lifestyle change. She has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years and is currently the Manager of Nutrition and Diabetes Services at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital.
Jan 17, 2018
The Kernel of Knowledge is an expert-speaker series which provides one-hour sessions on topics of interest to Network members throughout the year. Sessions are scheduled on an ongoing basis, check back often for upcoming presentations! All Kernel of Knowledge sessions are eligible for 1.0 contact hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.