Describe the team's efforts around health literacy and wellness
Provide resources for Philadelphia residents and patients seeking consumer health information
Direct students and healthcare workers to helpful resources to pass along to patients
Highlight opportunities to get involved with these efforts
As the inaugural Health Literacy Librarian at the Dental School Library, Amanpreet Kaur, CFCS, MLIS supports a variety of wellness and health literacy initiatives. Through Aman's prior experiences as the inaugural Community Health & Engineering Librarian at the Holman Biotech Commons, Aman has experience planning initiatives in collaboration with fellow team members and partners at Penn and beyond.
Aman initially came to Penn Libraries as the 2015 - 2017 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship with strong interests in health literacy and consumer health librarianship. During her residency, she became interested in learning about the health corners program and wanted to build on the work at the then-Biomedical Library (now Holman Biotech Commons) was already engaged in with the Free Library of Philadelphia, so she formed the Penn Libraries Community Health Engagement Team to advise in her capstone project. While the capstone project did not go as planned, elements of the project became the assortment of Community Health Engagement initiatives listed in this guide.
During this time, Aman received a 2017 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Philadelphia Chapter Appreciation Award for serving as the chapter's first SLAConnect Liaison and its first Community Outreach Committee Chair. In 2018, she received the 2018 SLA Philadelphia Chapter Liberty Bell Award for continuing to promote a book drive to support school libraries at 20 public elementary and high schools in Philadelphia in partnership with Penn Libraries and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children.
Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19
Patient and Family Education Committee
Penn Dental Medicine
Community Oral Health Division
Penn STEM Alliance (PSTEMA)
At the 2016 Medical Library Association Tri-Chapter Meeting, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter awarded the Holman Biotech Commons, School of Nursing, and the Free Library of Philadelphia the Randy Brenner Memorial Consumer Health Award for the health corners collaboration.
In Spring 2018, Community Health Outreach was highlighted in the Penn Libraries newsletter with a link pointing to a Penn Libraries blog post from 2017.
Hannah Rutledge, PhD served as the Director of the Holman Biotech Commons from 2020 to 2023. From 2022 to 2023, Hannah chaired the Penn Libraries team supporting the Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19. Hannah is now the Director of Library & Information Services at Longwood Gardens.