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Training Resources You Can Use

Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit
Whether your organization decides to highlight health literacy in October or all year long, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the American Library Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free toolkit for health literacy to assist libraries in guiding their patrons to quality health information so they are better equipped to engage in their health. The campaign is an initiative designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals. The Health Literacy Toolkit provides an array of materials including program ideas, downloadable social media graphics, and bookmark templates for libraries to use to promote health and wellness in their communities. Sign up and access this free toolkit and more.

Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff
This online downloadable toolkit was created through a partnership which includes the NNLM and the state of California and authored by NNLM Pacific Southwest Region Consumer Health Coordinator, Kelli Ham. It is in it's second edition, published in 2013 with a new edition due soon. Though California resources are included, a vast majority of information is applicable to all states. An excellent resource for a health reference service.

Promoting Health Literacy with Free Information & Cool Tools from NLM
This three-part video training series is a collaboration between the Center for Health Literacy Promotion and NNLM PNR. It's aimed at social and health services providers and programs with limited time and money for trainings and materials. 

National Institute on Aging, Senior Health resources and toolkits
Talking With our Doctor toolkit includes a slide presentation, printable handouts, and a speaker script. For those who don’t have staff to present or are speaker shy, use the 20-minute narrated video instead! Offer the freely downloadable and printable guide, Talking with Your Doctor
 
Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign that is designed to help Seniors fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. The campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.
 
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center includes information for caregivers and for healthcare providers. Two resources to review include:

  • Brain Health as you Age which includes a slide presentation, an educators guide and resources to be used to facilitate conversations with older adults about brain health as we age.
  • Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease for people who care for family members or others with Alzheimer’s disease at home.  Information includes making your home safe, understanding how a person changes who has Alzheimer’s, and planning for the future. 

National Institute on Aging offers a variety of publications that can be freely downloaded or printed for the communities you serve as well as infographics that tell a visual story about a wide range of topics pertinent to aging which you can share on social media 

Health Literacy in Your Community
Developed by the NNLM PNR. This presentation and facilitator's guide is designed for use in group/community training sessions. The materials cover the importance of health literacy, and provide an introduction to Medline Plus and NIH Senior Health, plus guidelines for choosing trusted web-based health information sources.
Community Health Literacy Training Powerpoint Presentation | Facilitator's Guide | Class Handout | Evaluation

Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information
A Lesson Plan for High School Health and Fitness Education - Developed by the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the Unversity of Washington. This is a lesson plan to increase the capacity and capability of high school students to access and evaluate quality health information. This lesson also establishes MedlinePlus as a recognized resource for current and future health information needs.

Quality Health Information on the Web: A Tool Kit
Another resource from the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington. This site will assist you in finding answers to student health questions. You can learn how to identify accurate and reliable health information using MedlinePlusand elsewhere on the internet.