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Community Health Outreach: Health Information Literacy 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, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian was the first Penn Libraries staff member to become a Wellness Partner at Penn. Since then, Aman represents the Science & Business 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 the Community Health & Engineering Librarian and the Nursing & Bioethics Librarian to serve on the Patient Education Committee (PEC). Both will regularly attend PEC meetings and events at HUP.

  3. In November 2018, the Biomedical Library became the primary meeting location for the Penn STEM Alliance (PSTEMA), a university-wide group coordinated by the SAS Science Outreach Initiative. The Community Health & Engineering Librarian is a PSTEMA member and sits on the PSTEMA Outreach Library Task Force.

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

  5. As of July 2019, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian is brainstorming ways to support the expansion of Sayre Health Center's literacy program for elementary school-age patients.

  6. The Community Health Outreach Team provides STEM-related materials to the Penn Libraries Community Outreach Unit, the department that has partnered with the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children and the Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter to support 20 school libraries at public elementary and high schools in the City of Philadelphia. To donate books, visit