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

Monday, November 19, 2018 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   Illinois State Library (In Person, Max: 25)
Cost:   Free
Presenter:   Bobbi Newman and Geoff Pettys

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Public libraries are on the frontlines of meeting the health information needs of their communities. Public libraries often provide the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are viewed as a trusted institution. A recent Pew study found that health is the number two most searched for information online. We know that the patrons looking up health information online don’t always check the source or the date of that information, and sometimes their searches are unsuccessful. What happens when they turn to you for help?

To a busy librarian, providing health and wellness reference and outreach and programming seems daunting. You might feel nervous about discussing potentially personal issues or worried about how to provide the best answers legally. Or maybe you want to add more health and wellness programs and outreach but don’t know where to start. You know patrons are looking up health information on their mobile phones, but are unfamiliar with the best apps.

This class has you covered! First, this class will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services for your community. Second, we’ll coach you through understanding the needs of the community so you will be prepared with the right tools and resources even before the questions are asked. From there we will explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations in your community. Participants will learn about core print reference and other materials for library collections, quality websites and apps beyond the commercial sites, and tips for helping library users evaluate health materials they encounter on their own.

You will leave the class with an action plan for how to use your newfound knowledge and expertise in reference services and programming. In addition to better serving your community, you’ll develop skills to take with you if and when you decide to move on to another library. The CHIS certification will enhance your resume.

This course will provide the 12 CE hours worth of credit necessary for the Consumer Health Information Specialist certification from the Medical Library Association. The cost of the three year certification is included in this course.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Gain increased confidence in:
- providing English/Spanish health reference;
- teaching users how to recognize the elements of trustworthy materials and the warning signs of dubious health information; and
- selecting authoritative health information appropriate for diverse users.

2: Evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats and apply criteria for collection development of consumer health materials.

3: Be able to plan health-related programming and events that will appeal to your community.

This session requires 2 hours of pre-program reading and a take-home assignment at the end to earn the full 12 CE credits. Attendees who complete all the work and earn the 12 CE credits will also receive a Consumer Health Information Specialization certification from the Medical Library Association. Attendees who choose not to complete all the required work may be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Type:   Program
CEUs:   12

Registration Extras
Box Lunch - please select what you would like for lunch (Required)
Shaved Deli Ham and Swiss on Hearty Wheat (Free)
Turkey BLT Club on Hearty Wheat (Free)
Cobb Salad: Ranch Dressing on the Side (Free)
Cobb Salad: Blue Cheese Dressing on the Side (Free)
Herbed Grilled Vegetable and Hummus Wrap (Free)
No Lunch For Me (Free)


Map of Downtown Springfield
The Illinois State Library "L" is bordered by Second, Monroe and Capital Streets. Options for parking are identified. In addition, the State House Inn/Red Roof at 101 E. Adams offers parking for $9/day for anyone not staying at the hotel.

The program is limited to 25 participants. 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.

Categories: Public Libraries

Tags: health, wellness

This event is sponsored by Illinois State Library.

Event listed by: Chicago Public Library System, Dominican University, GSLIS, Continuing Prof Dev, Illinois Heartland Library System, Illinois Library Association, Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois, MAGIC, PrairieCat, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Resource Sharing Alliance, SHARE and SWAN

Last day to cancel registrations is: 11/19/2018

Questions? Please contact Karen Egan.

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