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Community Health Outreach: Current Workshops & Trainings

Background

In Summer 2017, health sciences librarians, Aman Kaur and Richard James, developed lesson plans for a health literacy course geared towards adult evening students. They hope to teach the course in University-Assisted Community Schools, public schools in West Philadelphia that receive support from the Netter Center. In Spring 2018, in partnership with the School of Nursing and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Diabetes Center, Richard and Aman provided health literacy training to its inaugural Community Health Worker.

Evaluating Health Websites & Apps

In Spring 2018, Aman and Richard presented a monthly "Evaluating Health Websites and Apps" workshop at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Blanche Nixon Cobbs Creek Branch, in partnership with the Sayre Health Center. This interactive workshop is available to public libraries, public schools, nonprofit organizations, and Penn affiliates upon request. To schedule a workshop, contact Aman Kaur at amankaur@upenn.edu.

Wellness Interest Group

In December 2018, Aman Kaur launched the Penn Libraries Wellness Interest Group, which an informal  group comprised of library staff interested in exploring wellness topics and self-care activities. This was a year-long pilot, but the resources will still be available on a Confluence page for staff to access.

#WellnessWednesday & Mindfulness Workshops

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Biomedical Library is closed until further notice, which means the #WellnessWednesday workshop series will no longer be held in the Relaxation Room. Penn Libraries, Campus Health, and Penn Nursing hosted two successful virtual guided mindfulness and meditation workshops in Spring 2020. Similar programs will be posted on the Penn Libraries Online Events Calendar. The #WellnessWednesday yoga and positive affirmation workshops will be postponed until 2021. We welcome your collaboration, if you would like to co-sponsor virtual wellness programs.

Wellness Walks

Walk With a Future Doc is a medical student-run initiative sponsored by the Center for Public Health Initiatives, in which medical students share health information prior to leading walks in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia. Walk With a Future Doc is a chapter of the national organization, "Walk With a Doc."

For the Spring 2019 Big (Wellness) Idea Challenge, the Penn Libraries, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and Walk With a Future Doc submitted a proposal for "Themed Wellness Walks", in which wellness walks leverage Penn's expertise in an assortment of topics and turn into informal learning and networking opportunities geared towards all students, staff, and faculty. In April 2019, "Weekly Themed Wellness Walks" was one of three pitches that won the challenge and will be funded via the Office of the Provost.

In October 2019, the Penn Libraries and the Center for Public Health Initiatives rolled out "Weekly Themed Wellness Walks," a university-wide initiative to encourage students, staff, and faculty to network, learn, and walk together on this historic, beautiful, and multidisciplinary campus, in which we study and/or work. In April 2020, Sakshi Sehgal, an undergraduate student leader, founded Penn Walks 2 Wellness (PW2W), a registered student organization to engage students interested in supporting Weekly Themed Wellness Walk by recruiting and identifying potential walk leaders as well as promoting the walks via various online and in-person communications channels. To learn more, visit http://www.cphi.upenn.edu/cphi/weekly-themed-wellness-walks.html.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person wellness walks have been suspended until further notice. In Summer 2020, the Weekly Themed Wellness Walks team and Penn Walks 2 Wellness will roll out a virtual initiative to promote walking at home, while listening to a weekly 60-second lecture posted by the School of Arts & Sciences.