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Welcome to Consumer Health Minute

Posted by on January 17th, 2019 Posted in: Health Literacy/Consumer Health, Public Libraries

A new year and a new blog series. As Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM PNR, I help to provide information regarding library services and programming for those who serve the general public. Many of you juggle several job duties as well as a variety of information needs and so may welcome some tips and ideas of how to best serve the consumer health needs of those in your communities. I hope you find these monthly tips helpful and of interest and I welcome any ideas you may have for future posts as well as any comments.

Welcome to the first Consumer Health Minute post.

Over the past year or so, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has had a partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA) called, Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative. Though initiative is past, the results of this partnership still remain. Take a moment to review these resources and see which would be helpful in your work with consumer health and share these with your colleagues.

  • If you are a member of PLA, you can join the Health Interest discussion group where programming ideas can be shared and questions asked informally.
  • You don’t have to be a member to receive the Health Initiative email newsletter which provides quick information such as webinars, articles, programming, and news specifically for public library staff
  • You also don’t have to be a member to use the website, Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries. This website compiles quality health information websites, training resources, and health news to assist busy public librarians keep updated on health information.

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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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