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Public Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities

This two-week, instructor-led course will guide public library staff learners through the process of identifying and selecting specific ways in which their library can support health in their community, and create a related goal statement that can be added to their library's strategic plan.

In this course, we will look at the broad range of attributes and benefits of a healthy community and especially the vital role the public library can play. We will explore a wide range of activities, initiatives, resources, and programming libraries are providing to support the health of their communities with a special focus on the value of collaborating with local community agencies and health providers.

Learners in the course will:

  • begin discovering the health needs and challenges specific to their communities
  • brainstorm potential activities, services or programming that address those needs
  • identify potential community collaboration partners who can provide specific skills and knowledge for those activities

By the end of the class, each learner will have written a strategic goal statement that can guide their library’s efforts toward being an effective partner in the health of their community.   

Details:

  • 4 hours total learner time includes two scheduled live sessions and two hours of reading, research and activity assignments
  • Successful completion of the course will require viewing both live sessions or their recordings, and completing all assigned work
  • This course is MLA approved for 4 credit hours, counting toward a Consumer Health Information Specialist certification by satisfying competency requirements for:
    • Know the community 
    • Know the health consumer
    • Literacy and health literacy
    • Ethical and legal issues. 
Class Length: 
2 Weeks
Course Owner(s):
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
Instructor(s):
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
Continuing Education:

4 Continuing Education units from the Medical Library Association

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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