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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 became a Wellness Partner at Penn. Since then, Aman represents the Science 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 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 Director of Science Libraries, the Associate Director of Science Libraries, and the Community Health & Engineering Librarian are all PSTEMA members.

  4. In December 2018, Aman launched the Penn Libraries Wellness Interest Group, an informal discussion group for library staff interested in learning about wellness with particular interests in campus wellness and student wellness.

  5. 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.

  6. In the future, the Community Health Outreach Team would like to support STEM-related collections at 20 school libraries at public elementary and high schools in the City of Philadelphia that are supported by Community Outreach Librarian, Ancil George, and his student assistants, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, and the Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter. To donate books, visit