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Community, Family and Health Literacy in the Public Library

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  1. Community, Family and Health Literacyin the Public Library Susannah Connor, MLS Kara Mills, Knowledge River Scholar, SIRLS

  2. PCPL & Health Initiatives • 2008 – Present: Fit for Life Programs • 2012 – Leader of countywide Health Information Literacy Team • 2012 – Library Nurse Program • 2013 – Health Literacy Project

  3. PCPL Objectives • Build capacity for health literacy • Develop sustainable programs & partners • Determine the needs Pima County residents

  4. Project Overview • Partner with the National Library of Medicine • Focus on women’s health literacy • Changes & Challenges

  5. The Survey • Online – 125 responses • Print Survey – 582 responses • Major health concerns: diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, mental health, stroke, autism, among others.

  6. Matching Needs to Library Branches • diabetes • healthcare access • hypertension • childhood illnesses • general nutrition

  7. Matching Needs to Library Branches • heart disease • stroke • Alzheimer’s • dementia • other aging concerns

  8. Programming • Use survey results to determine programs • Presentations • Skills Development Workshops

  9. Potential Programs and Partners • Diabetes Prevention Program • Sarver Heart Center • Department of Nutritional Sciences • College of Medicine • College of Nursing • Health Promotion Sciences/Center for Rural Health • Provide health services

  10. Programming Kits • Children’s Storytime Kits • Fitness & Movement Kits • Health Information Literacy Kits

  11. Plans for the future Susannah.Connor@pima.govKara.Mills@pima.gov