Name: Juanita Harrell
Title: Health & Wellness Librarian
Education: MLIS Dominican University
How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?
I’ve always been interested in Health & Wellness & was given the opportunity to make it my area of concentration.
Why is health literacy important in your community?
Making information available and accessible to the general public about health and wellness is beneficial to both the providers of services and the members of the community.
What’s different with a health reference interview?
In a health reference interview you have to take into consideration the sensitivity of the information that the patron is seeking. You also have to be able to give information without giving actual advice.
What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?
To introduce our patrons to information and services that they may have not been aware of. Also to introduce providers to a new or different clientele.
What is your favorite health related program or outreach that you’ve done?
I’m new to my position so I don’t have a favorite yet. The month of September will have a lot going on. The local food co-op is doing a presentation on bulk shopping and herbs and spices, a local yoga sanctuary is starting a monthly midday meditation and several physicians are doing presentations on advocacy, gi health, and allergies.