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Community Health Outreach: Programs & Fairs

Programs & Fairs

In partnership with Penn Medicine Government and Community Relations, we provide health literacy materials at various health fairs and community events. Be on the lookout for the Penn Libraries table for free health information!

Through various partnerships and platforms, we also provide health literacy-related opportunities at Penn and beyond including professional organizations and conferences. The Community Health Outreach Team welcomes opportunities to share successes and challenges in the area of Community Health Outreach with fellow librarians and public health workers beyond Penn via phone/video calls, at conferences, in-person meetings, etc.

In the City of Philadelphia

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's Community Health Fair @ Saunders Park

On Saturday June 8, 2019, Community Health & Engineering Librarian, Aman Kaur, and a Master of Public Health Student, Kiara Benson, engaged about 85 West Philadelphians in activities that incorporated health information.

Walk With a Future Doc

Aman will continue to walk with medical students and neighbors in Kingsessing in Summer 2019.

As of July 27, the flyer does not reflect the correct start time. Due to the ongoing excessive summer heat this summer, Walk With a Future Doc organizers and participants have decided to change the start time of the walks to 9am.

Temple University College of Education Upward Bound Math & Science

On April 13th, 2019, Aman Kaur was a judge at a science fair at Temple University geared towards high school students participating in Upward Bound Math & Science.  Aman utilized her interdisciplinary background to give out a special award called "Science in My Life", which goes to the student who had the most personal connection to their science experiment or project.

#SayreCares Community Health Fair at Sayre High School

On April 6th, 2019, Penn Medicine and Penn Libraries shared a table to share health information, give out prizes, and do blood pressure screenings. Aman Kaur, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian, and Kiara Benson, the Master of Public Health student who is doing field hours under Aman's supervision, staffed the Penn Libraries' portion of the table and talked to 86 people about MedlinePlus Magazine and other resources.

West Philadelphia Women's Day

The Community Health & Engineering Librarian and the Undergraduate Nursing Liaison Librarian assisted the School of Nursing in planning its first ever West Philadelphia Women's Day, a day-long health conference for women and girls, on Saturday January 26th, 2019 at West Philadelphia High School.

Free Narcan Giveaway Day at the Free Library of Philadelphia

On December 13th, 2018 Richard James, the Nursing & Bioethics Librarian, attended the Free Narcan Giveaway Day at the Blackwell Regional Library of West Philadelphia, the largest West Philadelphia branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Walk With a Future Doc

Since late July, the Community Health and Engineering Librarian provided consumer health information to Walk With a Future Doc organizers and participants. Walk With a Future Doc is a health sciences student-run initiative sponsored by the Center for Public Health Initiatives.

#HealthLiteracyMonth Events

In honor of #HealthLiteracyMonth, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian represented the Penn Libraries at the Penn Medicine Baby Shower, an annual SIDS Awareness Month event, on October 6th. Attendees stopped by the Penn Libraries table to learn about MedlinePlus, KidsHealth, and other credible health information sources.

 

On Friday October 12th, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian (Aman Kaur) and the 2018 - 2020 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship (Kathleen Fox) represented the University of Pennsylvania at the Minorities in Health Symposium at Esperanza College at Eastern University. During the symposium, Aman and Kathleen talked to 145 students, educators, and clinicians.

Nexus Maximus @ Jefferson University East Falls Campus

Nexus Maximus is a free public event, in which interdisciplinary teams are tasked to brainstorm solutions to local health-related concerns. On Saturday September 21st, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian helped  Nexus Maximus participants research community organizations by neighborhood and zip code. 

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's Community Health Fair @ Saunders Park

On June 9, 2018, Community Health & Engineering Librarian, Aman Kaur, and Biomedical Library Intern, Kristen Matteucci, talked to West Philadelphians about health information resources and handed out brochures on various health topics at Penn Presbyterian's Community Health Fair in Saunders Park.

"Be a Pennovator" @  Pennovation Center

On April 22nd, 2018, health sciences librarians provided about 75 children, parents, and engineers with a list of children's books about engineering and computer science at the "Be a Pennovator" event, which is a part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Health Fair @ Sayre High School

On April 14th, 2018, Aman talked to 103 people about the "Evaluating Health Websites & Apps" workshops, health literacy, and MedlinePlus.

Career Readiness @  Sayre High School

On March 19, 2018, Community Health & Engineering Librarian, Aman Kaur, provided career preparation presentations to Sayre High School students. In the presentation, she shared how her AmeriCorps year in a public library helped her become an academic science librarian at Penn.

Spark Mentor Program @ Lea Elementary School

In Spring 2018, Aman mentored a 7th grade student from Lea Elementary School through the Spark Mentor Program. Aman introduced this student to the world of libraries and information technologies, including multimedia production and virtual reality. Aman also taught her mentee how to do research about the Statue of Liberty and create a Smore digital flyer.

Evaluating Health Websites & Apps Workshops at Free Library of Philadelphia Blanche Nixon Cobbs Creek Branch

 

Evaluating Health Websites and Apps by Amanpreet Kaur

For the Penn Community

#WellnessWednesday Workshops in the Biomedical Library

  • On Wednesday March 27th, 2019 at 12pm, Rob Smith, a health educator at Campus Health, led a Sleep Trivia workshop, in which attendees answered questions about sleep in a quizzo format and competed for prizes in the Biomedical Library Conference Room. 11 people registered for this workshop.
  • On Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 at 12pm, Sandi Herman, M.S., a Health and Wellness Educator at Campus Health and Student Health Service, guided attendees through a series of mindfulness and meditation techniques for stress reduction in the Biomedical Library Relaxation Room. 19 people registered for this workshop.
  • On May 1st at 2:30pm and September 4th at 1pm, Sandi held additional mindfulness workshops in the Biomedical Library Relaxation Room.

Relaxation Room Grand Opening

On December 3rd, 2018, the Biomedical Library held a grand opening event for the Relaxation Room. About 70 people registered and/or attended this event, including staff from Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology and BlueDesign who were doing a virtual reality relaxation demo.

 

Campus Conversation

On November 5th, 2018 in Houston Hall, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian took notes as student and faculty discussed how to preserve their wellness during challenging times at the Campus Conversation titled "Hate and its Aftermath."

#HealthLiteracyMonth Events

In honor of #HealthLiteracyMonth, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian also organized two in-person events in the Biomedical Library in partnership with the Director of Science Libraries. 59 people registered for Dr. Paul Offit's book talk, which also marked the inaugural presentation of a scholarly talk at the Biomedical Library. 30 people registered for the "Evaluating Health Websites & Apps" workshop.

Diversi-tea @ Penn Libraries

The Group On Library Diversity hosts a Diversi-teas series, in which campus resource centers, student organizations, and faculty members talk about issues as well as services and initiatives that address these issues. At Diversi-teas, tea and cookies are provided for speakers and attendees. On April 25th, 2017, Aman Kaur presented about health literacy and community health in a Diversi-tea. At the time of this presentation, Aman was the 2015 - 2017 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship. For more information, view the presentation slides.

Beyond Penn and Philly

#HealthLiteracyMonth Events

In honor of #HealthLiteracyMonth, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian co-presented a webinar with Erin Seger from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Mid-Atlantic Region Office and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. 45 registered for the live webinar. The webinar will be available to 3,500 AAFCS members to watch on demand.

On October 22nd, 2018, the Community Health and Engineering Librarian presented about the Biomedical Library's Community Health Outreach initiatives at the 10th Health Literacy Annual Research Conference (HARC X) hosted by Boston University in Bethseda, Maryland.

#CritLib Twitter Chat about #HealthLiteracy

#CritLib is a biweekly Twitter chat for librarians interested in the intersection of critical pedagogy and social justice. Aman Kaur, the Community Health & Engineering Librarian guest-moderated a #critlib Twitter chat on health literacy on Tuesday September 4th at 9pm Eastern Time.