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Connecting with PNW at the Libraries are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

Posted by on July 25th, 2019 Posted in: All of Us, Funding, News from Network Members, News From NNLM PNR, Public Libraries, Training & Education


Today’s post is from Sara Cobb, Wellness Director at the Nampa Public Library in Nampa, ID. Sara was one of six public library staff to attend the “Libraries are Partners in Health” seminar held on the NIH campus in Bethesda. MD earlier this summer. This post gives the perspective of an attendee and partners well with the posting by All of Us Coordinator,  Michele Spatz.

The National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland is beautiful and I really enjoyed the wonderful opportunity I had to attend the Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar there on Friday, June 21, 2019. It was a pleasure to meet several other library workers from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region in our sharing session and get to know them each a bit. I learned about the health programming and services they are currently running and about the ideas they have for future programs and services.  Sharing with them gave me some fresh ideas for how to approach, develop and promote health programming and information access in my library.

group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Pacific Northwest Region attendees of the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar

I’m much more familiar with NLM and NNLM and the resources they have to offer public libraries, and I better understand the goals of the All of Us Community Engagement Network after attending this seminar.  I really enjoyed the tour of the National Library of Medicine facility and was amazed at amount and variety of holdings that they house. This firsthand knowledge will enable me to provide better insight to my colleagues on what resources we have access to through NLM.

As I take on a new role with my library’s Be Well Nampa project and assist in the coordination of local healthcare partnerships, the information I gathered at this seminar will help me to feel more confident and supported as we move forward with our goals to increase access to current medical information and services for our customers.

I haven’t had the chance yet to implement all I learned at the seminar, but I have shared a bit with a few of my library staff about the experience. I plan to be in touch with the folks I met from PNW shortly to continue to exchange information and ideas. I’m also looking forward to receiving the programs-in-a-box that we helped develop for NNLM Community Engagement Center during our afternoon brainstorming session, so that I can use them to help implement exciting health programs at my library.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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