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Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (PRC) at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is devoted to providing consumer health information and health literacy services to patients, caregivers, faculty, students, and public neighbors in communities surrounding NewYork Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley. PRC staff propose to promote awareness and improved health by developing a consumer health and health literacy-training module for public health librarians in the Brooklyn Public Library System. To reach as many Brooklyn Public Librarians as possible, we plan to conduct two three-hour courses to take place at Brooklyn Public Library locations on March 4, 2020, and April 8, 2020. This project is important as a search of bibliographic literature revealed few studies of the general health consumer population’s ability to access and use high-quality data online health information (1–3). The module will include lectures, small group break-out sessions, audience participation, and a LibGuide outlining consumer health issues and Medicare/Medicaid resources. Additionally we will administer a pre-and post-test survey to participants to gauge effectiveness of the program. The first half of each session of the program will concentrate on the special characteristics of conducting reference interviews with individuals who have health questions. A recent study discussed the importance of face-to-face reference services when discussing health matters (2). The second half of each session will focus on the importance of health literacy and the impact low health literacy has on society (4–7). After delivery of the training sessions, we will develop an asynchronous, online CE course for medical, public, and other information professionals looking to improve their consumer health and health literacy skills to provide enhanced services to their patrons. We propose to seek CE credit approval for the online course from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and for it to count toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) curriculum.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Urban
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
HIV/AIDS
LGBTQ
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Judy Stribling
Funding Source: 
MAR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$18924
Funding Period:
Feb 18, 2020 to Apr 30, 2020
Project Status:
In Progress