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Health Outreach and Programming

NNLM Webinars

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. 

Past Webinar Recordings

Webinars about successfully funded projects

Press & Articles

MAR Funded Projects


NNLM National Evaluation Office
All NNLM-funded projects have reporting requirements. The NNLM National Evaluation Office has a list of evaluation methods and information about reporting tools. Writing a proposal? Follow these 4 Steps to an Evaluation Plan.

PLA’s Project Outcome
The Project Outcome toolkit provides libraries with FREE access to quick and simple patron surveys, an easy-to-use survey management tool to collect their outcomes, custom reports and interactive data dashboards for analyzing the data, and various resources to help move libraries from implementing surveys to taking action using the results.

Program Ideas and Guides

Thinking of applying for NNLM funding? Looking for program ideas and inspiration for public libraries? This guide includes programs-in-a-box, program ideas, and other resources for ideas and inspiration. Check back for updates and new programs!

Health Programming for Summer Reading​​

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!

For 2020, the slogan is Imagine Your Story with a theme of fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy. We have written program plans with ideas for fairy tale nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, tooth fairy dental health storytime, and more. Full program plans are posted online now!

Programs-in-a-box from All of Us Community Engagement Network

The National Libraries of Medicine (NLM) is honored to be selected as a community partner of the NIH All of Us Research Program. Below are programs-in-a-box created with All of Us in mind. Visit the All of Us Community Engagement Network for more resources, including the CEN Programming Guide.

Environmental Engagement Center
The Environmental Engagement Center will allow patrons to tap into their inner citizen scientist and to examine how environmental factors influence health.

Graphic Medicine & Health Storytelling
Graphic Medicine is an emerging field that can be used to share health stories and provide health information. “The combined language of words and pictures that is the comic medium gives approachability and emotional impact to these personal stories, and even to the clinical data they sometimes include” (NLM Graphic Medicine exhibit).

Genetics for Children and Teens
This program will share information about genetics, the study of genes, heredity, and genetic variation, into age-appropriate programming for youth

Sharing Health Stories
The goal of this program is to provide a space for people to share their own personal health story and explore health stories of their family & community. The program shows how libraries can use resources like My Family Health Portrait and Genetic Home Reference to dive deeper into family health histories.

Health Information Engagement Lab
The goal of the NNLM All of Us Health Information Engagement Lab is to create a library space for participatory learning around issues of health, the importance of health literacy, and provide awareness of the All of Us Research Program.

More Programs-in-a-box from NNLM and NIH

The Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science
Understanding, planning, and sustaining ongoing engagement in citizen science at your library. From Arizona State University, SciStarter, and NNLM Pacific Southwest Region.

Engage for Health
Interested in providing workshops on patient and provider communication? The ‘Engage for Health’ program is now available for libraries, community and faith based agencies and health care providers to offer in their communities.

Go4Life: An exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

NNLM NER Graphic Medicine Initiative: Book Discussion Guides
Book club kits are limited to members in the New England Region, but book discussion guides and other resources are available for free download.

Project SHARE Curriculum
The Project SHARE curriculum aims to build high school students' skills to reduce health disparities at the personal, family and community level. The curriculum aligns with national standards and can be used in diverse settings nationwide:  schools, libraries, community-based organizations, and community-academic partnerships.

Ideas and Inspirations from outside NNLM​

Join the Megathon Challenge to Help Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research
The Megathon is a one-hour event on April 13, during which thousands of people will play an online game to help answer a key Alzheimer's research question. 

Let’s Move in Libraries: Program Ideas
Let’s Move in Libraries is a great place for library professionals to be inspired by, learn about and share excellent program ideas to get their communities moving.

Public Library Association
Access the tools, program ideas and primers you need to stay up-to- date on health literacy topics from PLA.

WebJunction: Health Happens at Libraries
Health resources guide from OCLC.

ALA’s Programming Librarian: Health and Wellness Topics
Searchable database of library program ideas from the American Library Association Public Programs Office.