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Professional Development Plans for 2023 – Earn your CHIS!

Posted by on January 23rd, 2023 Posted in: Blog

Have you been taking classes with the NNLM? As you collect your MLA CE, have you thought about getting youThis graphic from the Network of the National Library of Medicine has the text "Expand your skills, Support your community, obtain your CHIS today.” The consumer health information specialization is a program to provide training to become a confident experience provider of health information in your community. Learn more about CHIS at Consumer Health Information Specialization | NNLMr MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) but weren’t sure?

Did you know NNLM provides sponsorship and free classes towards MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization?


 Learn more through our new interactive infographic which provides an overview of the program and roadmap to Level 1 certification! https://bit.ly/nnlm-chis

Why Get a CHIS?

Librarians know the lifesaving and life-enhancing value of accurate evidence-based health information. By earning CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. Your CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public you serve that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services and to staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

Most NNLM classes and webinars offer CE toward CHIS. You can visit the page below to learn more:

MLA : Professional Development : Consumer Health Course List (mlanet.org)

OR, you can visit our course listing for guidance on finding courses and more information.

Consumer Health Information Specialization | NNLM

For CHIS level one, you will take courses that cover the following competencies.

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

You can gain credit through webinars, on-demand, and scheduled Moodle courses. You can even get credit from watching recordings of webinars.

Recorded Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Webinars | NNLM

To make the process even easier, we have created CHIS on-demand to acquire credits for Competencies 1-5. You can take all five modules or any one of them to fill in a missing competency.

CHIS On Demand | NNLM

Once these are covered, you just need 7 more credits to reach the required 12 MLA CEs.

Next, fill out the form to request NNLM sponsorship (Yes! We will pay the fee until our sponsorships are used up).  Now is the time. Reach out if you are interested in setting up a time to talk about your CHIS journey. In Region 7 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) reach out to bennie.finch@umassmed.edu

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This has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

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