Dana Ladd, Health and Wellness Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
The Health and Wellness Library, a partnership of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, VCU Health, and the VCU Health Auxiliary, is a library for patients, their family members, and the community to find reliable consumer-level health information. Although the librarian and staff would love to celebrate National Taco, Homemade Cookies, Sausage Pizza, Pasta, Cupcake, Seafood Bisque, Boston Cream Pie, Food, and Chocolate Days (we enjoy eating) with a display and samples we plan to celebrate National Get Smart About Credit Day with a free program about financial health literacy aimed at seniors. We plan to bring in a speaker to teach seniors about financial health and also educate them about financial and health insurance scams. Although we do not have programs around all the many wonderful food days in October, we will serve boxed lunches to the guests at the financial health literacy program.
To mark health literacy month in October we also plan to conduct health literacy programs. The library staff has partnered with the health system’s patient education department. We plan to have multiple health literacy pop up events at our downtown medical center and at satellite locations. At an information table, the librarian and a patient education nurse will talk to health care providers about health literacy and will demonstrate MedlinePlus as a source of reliable consumer health information for their patients. For the month of October, the library will feature a health literacy display and handouts.