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Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community

This course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared.

Additional Materials:

Health Outreach and Programming Class Guide


This presentation provides an overview of planning health programs for organizations incorporating resources from the National Library of Medicine. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Locate county level information on health needs within their community
  • Locate relevant NLM consumer health resources for specific target populations
  • Identify organizations for health outreach partnerships
  • Outline a potential health outreach or health program for their organization
Class Length: 
60 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours. Variable credit class. The number of CE credits is tied to how much time and effort is expected of the learner to complete the class. A higher credit class goes deeper into the content.
Course Owner(s):
Michael Balkenhol, MLIS, Health Programming Coordinator serving NY, NJ, DE, & PA
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Jarrod Irwin, MA, Consumer Health Coordinator
Sarah Levin-Lederer, MPH, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Nancy Patterson, MLS, Network Education, Outreach and Engagement Librarian
Michele Spatz, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
Continuing Education:
  • This course has been approved for 1, 2 or 3 hours of Medical Library Association Continuing Education Units.
  • This course qualifies for Medical Library Association, Consumer Health Information Specialization Levels 1 and 2
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

For a second year, the Network of the National Library of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading!

This one hour webinar will focus on health program ideas, guides, and resources for libraries and community/faith based organizations.

Upcoming Classes

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jarrod Irwin