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Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Objectives: 

This class teaches you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library. We will cover:

  • Challenges of providing consumer health information 
  • Planning a consumer health service
  • Consumer health on the internet
  • The reference interview
  • Ethics
  • Outreach
  • Project development / marketing
Class Length: 
2, 3, or 4 hours
Course Owner(s):
George G Strawley, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Instructor(s):
Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Emily Hamstra, Outreach Coordinator
Jarrod Irwin, MA, Consumer Health Coordinator
Catherine Martin, M.Ed, Health Education , All of Us Coordinator
Michele Spatz, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
George G Strawley, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
April Wright, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Continuing Education:
4 MLA CE Contact Hours
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

This class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources fro

Upcoming Classes

INCOL: Beyond an Apple a Day
Thursday, April 30, 2020
9:00am - 11:30am
PT
Region: PNR
Instructor(s):
Carolyn Martin
CANCELED. Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library, NORWELD, Bowling Green, OH
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
9:00am - 1:00pm
ET
Instructor(s):
Bobbi Newman
Registration for this session is closed
CANCELED Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library, Twinsburg Public Library, OH
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
12:30pm - 4:30pm
ET
Instructor(s):
Bobbi Newman
Registration for this session is closed