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NNLM PNR Helps Rural Library Bring Quality Health Programming to the Community

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Category: National

East Adams Library District, one of NNLM PNR’s new partners in rural Ritzville, Washington, was recently featured in The Rural Monitor for its health literacy programs that are funded by NNLM PNR.

Library Assistant Amy Hille says the Ritzville community, which has only one hospital and one health clinic, lacks mental health services and social services. Ms. Hille applied to NNLM PNR for funding and resources to help improve the community’s access to quality health information.

Through this support, Ms. Hille initiated a successful and popular health literacy program at the library that addresses topics such as mental health, genetics, vaccinations, LGBTQ health awareness and healthy aging. The library also helps medicare-eligible community members navigate through online enrollment for health insurance.

All across the country, rural libraries like East Adams Library District increasingly are offering community members more than books. They are filling gaps in access to health information, the internet, and wellness programs.

Read more about how rural libraries are helping their communities meet health information needs, with the support of national partners, such as NNLM.

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