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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: 
4 hours
Course Owner(s):
George G Strawley, All of Us Engagement Coordinator serving Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah
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 Community Engagement Coordinator serving New England states of ME, VT, NH, MA, CT and RI
Michele Spatz, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
George G Strawley, All of Us Engagement Coordinator serving Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah
April Wright, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
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.

Upcoming Classes

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Friday, July 10, 2020 to Friday, August 7, 2020
Instructor(s):
Emily Hamstra