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Information Collaboration: Bringing Public Health Organizations and Public Libraries Together – Phase II

Phase II of the Information Collaboration project will focus on developing and implementing a training and outreach program that targets the public library and public health workforce. The goal of the program will be to foster sustainable partnerships aimed at improving the public’s health through information access. The development of this project will be informed by the data collected and analyzed during the Phase I project. Initial data tells us there is great interest from both public library and public health workers in collaborating, but barriers prevent the development and sustainability of long-term partnerships. Qualitative data gathered during focus group sessions identifies some of the key barriers as a lack of understanding in what public health or public libraries do, funding constraints that prevent sustainable relationships, uncertainty around key priorities and who should be involved in relationship development. Recognizing the importance of leadership involvement, this project will emphasis programming at an administrative level. As such, we plan to develop a webinar series targeted to both public health and public library leaders. Additionally, a toolkit will be created and made available that will cover a range of topics, such as: Priorities in Public Health/Public Libraries; How to Create and Sustain Partnerships; Building Relationships into Strategy and Mission; Finding Funding; and Emerging Public Health Issues. To engage the public library and public health workforce on a deeper level, this project will also implement a Community of Practice for at least five public library and public health leaders. The Community of Practice will be designed to give participants the ability to exchange ideas, amplify success stories, and learn from each other on topics related to long-term collaboration. Outcomes from the Community of Practice will provide direction for a sustainable program that targets a larger audience of public library and public health leaders across the country. Finally, this project will build in evaluation targets that examine the impact of the training sessions and the development of public library and public health partnerships.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Men
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Hannah Shultz
Funding Source: 
GMR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$19999
Funding Period:
May 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
In Progress