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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.

#WellnessWednesday

In December 2018, Aman Kaur launched the Penn Libraries Wellness Interest Group, which an informal discussion group comprised of library staff interested in conversing about wellness topics. WIG meets on a Wednesday afternoon each month in the Biomedical Library.

While WIG is geared towards Penn Libraries staff, the Biomedical Library hosts #WellnessWednesday workshops for all Penn/UPHS community members in partnership with Campus Health. The next mindfulness and meditation workshop will be held on Tues Sept 4th from 1pm to 2pm in the Relaxation Room.

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 "Weekly 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. Be on the lookout this fall for a schedule of the Weekly Themed Wellness Walks.