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Public Libraries as Partners in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Our team at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) has a longstanding commitment to expanding evidence-based health-related programming in public libraries. Opioid-related mortality in the United States has increased rapidly over the past decade, especially in Philadelphia, which has the highest overdose mortality rate among major U.S. cities. To mitigate the burden placed on public librarians who experience opioid overdoses on site, we are partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) to deliver opioid awareness and harm reduction trainings to public librarians and patrons in Philadelphia. Building upon the success of our four-module Community Health Specialist training program, this project seeks to develop and test a fifth module on Opioid Harm Reduction. This module, which will be delivered in person at the South Philadelphia Library Branch (Goal 1) and online (Goal 2), will include active learning opportunities and an introduction to NLM resources to increase trainees' knowledge and self-efficacy regarding these important issues.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Opioids
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Rachel Feuerstein-Simon
Funding Source: 
MAR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2018
Funding Amount: 
$18882
Funding Period:
May 15, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
Project Status:
Completed