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Community Health Engagement: Initiatives

This section highlights our goals and initiatives under development in the community to encourage health information literacy. Use the drop-down menu to explore our ongoing initiatives from workshops and health corners in Free Library of Philadelphia branches to community health fairs and programming.

In addition to the health corners, workshops, and spaces, we have a number of other community health outreach projects that are underway or ongoing, as described below.

  1. In April 2018, Aman was the first of several Penn Libraries staff members to become Wellness Partners at Penn. Since then, Aman represents the STEM Libraries at Wellness Partners & Ambassadors Meetings as well as other wellness-oriented events held at Penn.

  2. In September 2018, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) invited Aman and Richard to serve on the Patient Education Committee (PEC). Both will regularly attend PEC meetings and events at HUP.

  3. In November 2018, the Holman Biotech Commons became the primary meeting location for the Penn STEM Alliance (PSTEMA), a university-wide group coordinated by the SAS Science Outreach Initiative. Aman and Lexi Voss (Visualizationist) are PSTEMA members. Aman also sat on the PSTEMA Outreach Library Task Force. Aman became the moderator of the PSTEMA email list in August 2021.

  4. In January 2019, the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) appointed Aman to the role of Associate Fellow, which has strengthened the partnership between CPHI and Penn Libraries.

  5. In July 2019, Aman helped brainstorm ways to support the expansion of Sayre Health Center's literacy program for elementary school-age patients.

  6. In 2019, Aman provided consumer health information to the Office of Government & Community Affairs, who shared it with attendees at First Thursday Community Meetings, open meetings that bring together Penn affiliates, West Philadelphia residents, community organizations, government agencies, business leaders, and elected officials at the Free Library of Philadelphia Walnut Street West Branch. Since 2020, these meetings now occur virtually.

  7. As of 2020, Aman serves an advisor for two registered student organizations: Penn Walks 2 Wellness (a student organization that recruit student volunteers to support the Weekly Themed Wellness Walks) and EduCare (a health literacy-focused student organization that creates easy-to-read visual and written health information for local and national healthcare and literacy organizations). In 2021, the Wellness Division, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and Penn Libraries partnered with the SNF Paideia Program to recruit a Paideia Fellow(s) to serve as the Penn Walks 2 Wellness intern(s).

  8. As of 2021, Aman appointed to the board of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), an organization that provides professional development and networking opportunities to public health students, professionals, and researchers across the state and to the steering committee of the Public Health Young Leaders Association (PHYLA), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides professional development & networking opportunities for public health students, recent graduates, young professionals, and early career professionals.

  9. In 2021, the Penn Libraries Community Health Engagement Team joined the Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 (Philly CEAL) to support Penn and community partners including Penn Nursing, Philly Counts, the Free Library of Philadelphia, EduCare, and many more in addressing health-related misinformation locally. In Fall 2022, Aman plans to facilitate focus groups and surveys to receive feedback from community health workers, neighborhood organization leaders (including block captains), and residents of all ages at local public libraries, at recreation centers, and online. This feedback will assist in co-designing a multi-part hybrid health literacy workshop series.

  10. The Community Health Engagement Team provides STEM-related materials to the Penn Libraries Community Engagement team, the department that partners with the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children to support 20 school libraries at public elementary and high schools in the City of Philadelphia. Check out the Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter's book drive in support of these efforts: bit.ly/schoollibsbookdrive.