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1 Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward, Pennsylvania Library Association PA Forward: Libraries Create Healthier Communities

2 Libraries power Pennsylvania’s progress.

3 Libraries prepare citizens to meet the demands of life.

4 THIS WEBINAR WILL ADDRESS: PA Forward’s working model The importance of health literacy How libraries help Pennsylvanians make healthier decisions How partnerships can boost your reach and impact Library resources and how to connect with them How you can (and can’t) use the PA Forward model Your questions and ideas

5 BUILDING A COLLECTIVE VOICE FOR LIBRARIES Training libraries to communicate their value and strengthen their community outreach Working with 34 statewide partners to create opportunities for libraries and reach new audiences Framing efforts to increase thought leaders’ understanding of and appreciation for the 21 st century library

6 Libraries can help solve some of Pennsylvania’s biggest economic and social challenges through their print and online resources public programs community outreach services information experts

7 How libraries help Pennsylvanians make healthier decisions Outreach Libraries serve all generations and are especially popular with older adults and families with children. These are target populations needing access to health care information. Accessibility Open many hours including evenings and weekends. Libraries are available without appointments and are free. Most libraries offer space for meetings and are a comfortable venue for programs. Authority and Dependability Libraries are respected and known for providing reliable and dependable information. Knowledge Most libraries are eager to provide programs, displays, and promotional materials for the benefit of the community. In addition to community related programs and materials, libraries work diligently to maintain up to date materials and e-resources.

8 Pennsylvania libraries at work promoting health literacy and healthy living Healthy Kids Fair Reading Public Library (Reading, PA) Project Coordinator: Jeanette Argento Free Developmental Screenings Schlow Centre Region Library (State College, PA) Project Coordinator: Anita Ditz

9 Consumer Health Library and ongoing health education programs Bosler Memorial Library (Carlisle, PA) Project Coordinator: Cate Mellen Out of the Shadows: The Library as a Center of Mental Health Literacy Lackawanna County Library System (Scranton, PA) The Commonwealth Medical College (Scranton, PA) Project Coordinators: Bridget Conologue, TCMC; Joanne Muellenbach, TCMC; Mary Garm, LCLS; Susan Jeffery, LCLS; Martina Soden, LCLS

10 Nursing Research Roundtable Messiah College (Grantham, PA) Project Coordinator: Beth Transue, MLS MET Family Health and Safety Fair Bellwood-Antis Public Library Project Coordinator: Hazel Bilka, Director Food Fun Indiana Free Library (Indiana, PA) Project Coordinator: Joanne Mast

11 Building health literacy through partnerships: American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter Center for Rural Pennsylvania Giant Food Stores The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region Pennsylvania Department of Education / Office of Commonwealth Libraries Pennsylvania Department of Health Pfizer Introduction to PA Forward’s Health Literacy Partners

12 One-on-one help POWER Library: Consumer Health Complete 8-dc15-417e-9a73- 51c7633fd6ae%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid= dc15-417e-9a73- 51c7633fd6ae%40sessionmgr115&vid=1&hid=114 MedlinePlus: Resources Available from Libraries and Librarians

13 POWER Library WorldCat https://www.worldcat.org/libraries Pennsylvania Department Education Library Directory wfLibrarySearch.aspx Consumer Health Libraries in Pennsylvania ries/pennsylvania.html How to Connect with Libraries

14 Q&A – Let’s talk!

15 Libraries create healthier communities. For more information: Kathy Silks / PA Library Association / /


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