Posted by Nisha Mody on April 30th, 2021
Posted in: Consumer Health, Funding
Tags: healthy living, heart health, mindfulness, Sacramento Public Library, sensory, yoga
by Katie Ball
Special Projects Associate
Sacramento Public Library
The Sacramento Public Library (SPL) received a 2020-2021 Outreach Mini Award from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM PSR). This award was used to produce resources and programming for the Heart-Mind Connection (HMC). The goal of the HMC was to emphasize the connection between good heart health and a healthy brain, as well as the benefits of lowering blood pressure for improved long-term health for patrons of all ages. The HMC also addressed the current need for virtual mind and body wellness programming and equipped the public with health resources and medical tools. We aimed to reach our goal by providing the following activities:
One of the successes from the HMC was the popularity of the Senior Health Kits and Family Health Kits. We used our Curbside Communicator system to ask if patrons would like to receive either of these kits at the time they were at the branch to pick up their hold items. This option provided a nice surprise to the patron, as they weren’t expecting to receive these kits. We were able to distribute over 160 Family Health Kits and 130 Senior Health Kits within 3 weeks at 10 branches throughout Sacramento County. Staff shared feedback that patrons enjoyed the items, the kits went quickly, and that they liked the chance to give something away during this time.
With the constant changes that occurred as Covid-19 precautions were put into effect throughout Sacramento County, SPL was unable to hold any in-person programming throughout the grant period. While this meant we couldn’t hold the fidget blanket workshops or blood pressure screenings, we were presented with the opportunity to introduce an array of health and wellness classes to our audience. As a result of the positive responses and feedback we received from class participants, we plan to expand our virtual programming to offer exercise and mindfulness classes for all ages. We will also keep the fidget blanket volunteer project going, as volunteers were eager to create blankets and there are many memory care facilities in our area that would benefit from having these blankets for their patients. We plan to seek out additional opportunities to share relevant resources developed in the HMC in future partnerships, outreach events, and other health-related programming.