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PNW Rocks the Library are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

Posted by on July 16th, 2019 Posted in: All of Us, Blog, Health Literacy/Consumer Health, News From NNLM PNR, Public Libraries
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group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Attending the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar were: (in photo from left to right, back to front: Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator; Katja Wolfe, MPH, Assistant Director, Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, AK; Sara Cobb, Wellness Director, Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID; Kathy Robins, Systems Administrator, Billings Public Library, Billings, MT; Amy Hille, Assistant Librarian, East Adams Library District, Ritzville, WA; Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA; and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Chinese Regional Librarian, Holgate, Midland and Woodstock Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.

Six librarians from the Pacific Northwest attended the recent Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region had broad representation at the seminar with at least one public library partner from each of the five states it serves.

During the seminar, information was shared on NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program as well as the NNLM Community Engagement Center, its goals and the support it provides to public libraries. A regional sharing session among PNR participants ensued where each individual shared their library’s current approach to providing health information services and programs to their community along with their future hopes and goals for doing so. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, information and resources in support of each other’s efforts. While on campus, participants enjoyed a quick tour of the National Library of Medicine.

An afternoon session was held in which program-in-a-box ideas in support of a National Health Observance (NHO) were brainstormed. Participants chose the NHO they wanted to focus on and, in doing so, had an opportunity to interact with library staff from across the United States. The NNLM Community Engagement Center plans to build out the program-in-a-box ideas shared at the seminar so interested library staff can offer them to their communities.

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Michele is the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest. She has extensive experience providing consumer health information and a passion for health literacy. Michele truly believes, "Because of you, Libraries Transform.®"

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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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