Did you know that your LIS/iSchool graduate students can now earn a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification by taking your class? You now have the opportunity to have your consumer health-related course CHIS certified through a unique partnership with the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the
Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The NNLM will gladly guide you through the process and then upon completion of the course, you will be able to provide students instructions to apply for their CHIS certificate.
Your course must address one or more of the eight core competencies for providing consumer health information services. NNLM and MLA will work with you to ensure that your coursework entails the CHIS competencies listed below.
· C1 – Know the Community
· C2 – Know the Health Consumer
· C3 – Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
· C4 – Evaluation of Health Information
· C5 – Communication, Reference, and Instruction
· C6 – Literacy and Health Literacy
· C7 – Technology and Health
· C8 – Ethical and Legal Issues
Teaching an MLA-approved consumer health course in your LIS or iSchool program allows students to gain knowledge in providing health information services to consumers. They will receive recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills from future employers. These skills are designed for a wide range of librarians, such as:
· Public librarians
· Medical librarians
· Librarians working in a consumer health environment
Nothing! With this partnership, MLA will waive the approved course application fee for professors who are taking part in the program. On behalf of the students, the NNLM will cover the CHIS application fee (a $75 value) for level 1 or level 2 CHIS certification, including renewals for students who complete the course.
For more information about the program and how to apply to get your class approved as an MLA consumer health course, visit nnlm.gov to learn more.
Samantha Nunn is the program manager for NNLM Region 4. She is responsible for managing funded program awards, administer all outgoing communications (blogs, website, listserv messages), and other project management duties. Samantha had the pleasure of working with the Network of the National Library of Medicine for three years.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Utah. She anticipates joining a graduate program to earn a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences in the near future