Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine serves the public health workforce?
In February 2020, Julie Botnick, Education & Outreach Librarian at NNLM PSR, embarked on a multi-day road trip around beautiful southern Arizona to conduct classes for public health departments across the region. With an invitation and extensive organizational support from Emily Waldron, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Julie visited the Pima County Health Department in Tucson; Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales; and Cochise Health and Social Services in Bisbee.
The 90-minute trainings consisted of an introduction to NNLM, NNLM PSR, and how NNLM supports the public health workforce; a “jigsaw” activity using their Community Health Needs Assessment; an overview of the evidence-based public health framework, including the three domains of influence, the hierarchy of evidence, and working in groups to formulate a research question using the PICO (Problem/Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) framework; and accessing reliable scholarly materials produced and distributed by the National Library of Medicine, specifically around the topic of mental health, such as MedlinePlus for consumer health information in multiple languages and PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature .
If your public health organization would like to receive the benefits of being NNLM members, including opportunities to apply for funding awards, access to free informational materials, and training opportunities, apply today to join NNLM!
Thanks go to the hosts at the public health departments, Julia Flannery, Organizational Development Program Manager, Pima County Health Department; Patty B. Molina, Senior Director, Community Health Services, Mariposa Community Health Center; and Rachel Butterworth, Accreditation Coordinator, and Carrie Langley, Director, both of Cochise Health and Social Services.