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Increasing Vermont Public Libraries’ Role in Promoting Rural Health

The Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) seeks funding to make local, state, and federal government healthcare information accessible to all Vermonters. This project aligns with the department’s LSTA goals, strategic plan, and Vermont gubernatorial goals of improving the quality of life for Vermont’s most vulnerable populations. The department has focused on three public health areas demonstrating a need for strengthened support: 1) gerontology; 2) rural mental health; and 3) cannabis literacy. Project implementation would provide health resources in a variety of formats from the NLM and related training for 20 Vermont librarians. Using a train-the-trainer model, these 20 librarians would then share expertise with their colleagues around the state. Focused consideration is given to how these public health areas present in rural populations.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Joy Worland
Funding Source: 
NER
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$30000
Funding Period:
May 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020
Project Status:
Awarded