Express Outreach Award 2005: Health Matters! Consumer Health Literacy for Glendale Seniors
The Glendale Public Library serves a large senior population, including roughly 14,000 seniors in the 55-65 age group. This project involves training Glendale seniors to use computers, adaptive technology and the Internet to search, find and evaluate health and medical information. A series of workshops and training sessions will be held in three-week blocks, repeated each month from October 2005 through March 2006. The majority of sessions will provide training directly to seniors, and the remaining sessions will train the librarians and reference staff in assisting patrons in the use of online consumer health and biomedical resources. Through this project, seniors in the community will be better equipped to independently search and access online health related information, make better use of library services, print and electronic resources to meet personal goals, and make better decisions about their own health care.