|Margot Malachowski, MLS, is Outreach Librarian at Baystate Health Sciences Library in Springfield, Massachusetts.|
|Michelle Eberle, MSLIS, AHIP, is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NER's Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator.|
|Thank you to Deborah Clark, MLIS, Librarian at Stephens Memorial Hospital of Norway, Maine, for serving as our Leader for Year One and Two.|
Our Healthy Communities, Community of Interest provides opportunities for health sciences librarians and other NN/LM network members to collaborate and learn more about health information outreach, community engagement, and health information equity.
What is a healthy community?
"A Healthy Community is where people come together to make their community better for themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors and others in their community. A Healthy Community creates ongoing dialogue; generates leadership everywhere; shapes its future; embraces diversity; knows itself; connects people and resources; and fosters a sense of community." (Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities) Healthy Communities is an approach to understanding and improving health and well-being. (Ayre, Clough, and Norris)
How can my library contribute to a healthy community?
Our Community of Interest offers educational opportunities to learn more about health information outreach and community engagment. Past webinars included health information outreach project planning with guest speaker, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi; How to Contribute to Your Hospital's Community Benefit presented by Deb Clark and Michelle Eberle; and Clever Evaluation presented by guest speaker, Cindy Olney from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. To plan and implement an effective health information outreach project, the OERC recommends librarians:
- Find partners for health information outreach.
- Learn more about the outreach community.
- Inventory resources and assets.
- Include evaluation in outreach project planning.
- Learn more about how to collect and analyze evaluation data.
Connect with us to learn more about how your library can contribute to a healthy community:
- Sign up for NER news announcements.
- Read Healthy Community articles and announcements on the NN/LM NER blog
- Participate in our Health Statistics Book Discussion Project
- Register for upcoming educational opportunities.
- Please note: All NN/LM NER Health Literacy COI webinars are approved for the Medical Library Association CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization).
- Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects (Outreach Evaluation Resource Center)
- Toolkit for Community Action (National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities)
- Healthy People 2020 (US Dept of Health and Human Services)
- An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-Based Prevention (Institute of Medicine)
- Proceedings of the "Symposium on Community-based Health Information Outreach" (JMLA)
Watch recording of our webinars:
- Community Outreach Program Planning Webinar, Presenter: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, 10/6/2011
- Creating an Effective Health Information Handout, Presenter: Deborah Clark, 10/10/2012
- Creative Approaches to Health Information Outreach, Presenters: Irena Bond, Manuela Raposo, Nery Garcia, Margot Malachowski, and Nina Zeldin, 1/9/2013
- Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read., Presenter: Cindy Olney, 2/14/2013
- Conducting Outreach with Immigrants in Your Area, Presenter: Lorena Sprager, 4/10/2013
- Referring Your Patrons to Reliable Immigrations Services and Information, Presenter: William Albers, 7/10/2013
- Affordable Care Act: Resources for Librarians, Presenters: Michelle Eberle, Margot Malachowski with Ray Hurd, Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Region 1 and 2, 11/1/2013
- Know Your Chances: How to Become a Better Consumer of Health Statistics, Presenters: Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz, March 4, 2014