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Stand Up for Health: PLA preconference!

Posted by on October 17th, 2017 Posted in: Public Libraries


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The Greater Midwest Region office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is offering a preconference workshop at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia. The preconference is titled “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community” and will be held on March 20th from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

This one-day preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

Public library staff are invited to apply for a limited number of $500 stipends for this preconference! Up to 50 stipends will be made available to support travel and registration for attendees. For information about the stipends, please Read the stipend opportunity guidelinesread the Frequently Asked Questions or start your online application.

Attendees who participate in the workshop and complete pre- and post- work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association.

The preconference workshop is part of “Promoting Healthy Communities,” a nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. You’ll hear more updates about this initiative in our blog, stay tuned!

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Elizabeth Kiscaden has been a health sciences librarian for over a decade, working in both hospital and academic libraries. Originally from Minnesota, Liz now lives in Iowa City with her mixed-breed hound, named Tammy. She enjoys old martial arts movies, roadside historic markers, prairie plants, and afternoon naps.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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