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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 programing 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.

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.   


  • 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

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
Class Length: 
4 hours over course of 2 weeks
Course Owner(s):
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI
Michele Spatz, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
Continuing Education:

MLA CE Credits: 4

CHIS competencies
1. Know the Community
2. Know the Health Consumer
6. Literacy and Health Literacy
8. Ethical and Legal Issues

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

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