Meeting Local Health Literacy Needs with NNLM Funding Support: University of Virginia Health Sciences Library Outreach
“Meeting Local Health Literacy Needs with NNLM Funding Support: University of Virginia Health Sciences Library Outreach in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.” describes our experience, including successes and challenges, of recently completed collaborative work. The University of Virginia (UVA) Health Sciences Library received two Health Information Outreach awards from NNLM SEA, located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Over the span of 1.5 years, UVA partnered with local and regional non-profit and public organizations to create new or enhanced health literacy programming and services in the local health district. The grants were administered and partnerships developed by Lydia Witman, a UVA medical librarian who is a health literacy advocate and consumer health specialist, and who manages the hospital’s Patient & Family Library. Local partner organizations included the city’s mental health and wellness coalition, the regional public library system, and more.