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Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Plan December 2021

Posted by on December 9th, 2021 Posted in: Consumer Health, Public Libraries
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We have put together a new action plan to help you earn your CHIS in a timely fashion. We appreciate your patience as we ramped up our new five-year performance person. We have a plan in place coming in Year Two that will make acquiring your CHIS faster and easier. In the meantime, we have put together an interim guide. The guide includes class titles with the CHIS competencies, links to recordings, and instructions on claiming your CE.



You can download the PDF here.

What is CHIS?

CHIS stands for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). CHIS is recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills through training about providing health information services to consumers. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS.

Why Get a CHIS?

Library workers know the value of accurate information. Enhance and expand your skills with evidence-based knowledge and resources that will make you a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services, and to staying current with consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

How to Earn CHIS credits

Level 1

12 hours of approved continuing education, must cover CHIS core competencies 1-5

  1. Know the Community
  2. Know the Health Consumer
  3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Existing Resources
  4. Health Information Evaluation
  5. Communication and Instruction

Level 2

12 additional hours of continuing education, cannot be classes you took to earn Level 1, must cover competencies 6-8

6. Literacy and Health Literacy

7. Technology and Health

8. Ethical and Legal Issues

To Earn CHIS Level One or Two

Take any combination of the classes below to cover the competencies required. Take the remaining number of CE hours you need either from the courses in any list below.


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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