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Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Posted by on February 8th, 2018 Posted in: Public Libraries

PLAAs part of our ongoing partnership with the Public Library Association(PLA) and supplemental funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), our office has developed a new course on health information for public library staff. In developing this course, we partnered with OCLC WebJunction and the College of Education at the University of Iowa to incorporate feedback from participants and best practices for online learning. Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community is a 12 credit continuing education (CE) credit course, delivered both online and in-person.



Beginning March 5th, Bobbi Newman of GMR and Carolyn Martin from PNR will lead the first cohort of public library staff through the new course. This cohort is part of the supplemental project itself, and will provide feedback which we will use to make final updates to the course. The class will be asynchronous and run for four weeks. Public library staff who are interested in enrolling in this cohort can apply by filling out an online form.

Due to high interest in the course, we will be offering it again April 23rd-May 20th. Registration for that class will be through the NNLM courses website and will open March 5th.


The in-person course will be taught as a PLA pre-conference. Attendees will be required to do 2 hours of pre-course work, attend the eight-hour in-person session, and complete a 2-hour take-home assignment in order to receive their 12 CE credits. Registration is still open!

Stay tuned for more in-person opportunities!

Consumer Health Information Specialization

All public library staff who complete either the online or in-person version will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificate from the Medical Library Association (MLA) compliments of NNLM!

Stand up for Health


Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi's professional background includes work in public libraries. She currently serves as a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) American Library Association (ALA) Advisory Committee. In the past, she has served as an ALA-Councilor-At-Large and on a variety ALA committees. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, and gardening.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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