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Building Usage of Public Libraries as a Source of Health Information in Five Diverse Utah Communities

Our ultimate goal is to develop a model(s) for building public library-community collaborations with diverse racial/ethnic/cultural communities which support community usage of libraries and library programs as sources for health information. We define “health” as the Seven Domains of Health – physical, emotional, environmental, social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual. As the first step toward this goal, we held Community Engagement Studios with community “experts” from each community; these individuals are experts by virtue of their lived experience and participated in the Community Engagement Studios as consultants. The communities within the Salt Lake City area identified for CE Studios included the African immigrant/refugee community, African American community, Hispanic/Latino community, Pacific Islander community, and the American Indian/Alaskan Native community. We also held a CE Studio consultation with librarians from libraries in the areas where these community members live. Finally, we held a workshop with representatives of community organizations and the librarians to discuss the findings from the CE Studios and to draft a plan for increasing usage of public libraries and library programs as sources for health information by members of the communities.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
African Americans or Black
Alaska Natives
American Indian
Latino or Hispanic
Native Hawaiians
Pacific Islanders
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Researcher
Project Lead:
Heather Coulter
Funding Source: 
MCR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2018
Funding Amount: 
$29754
Funding Period:
Jan 18, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019
Project Status:
Completed