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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.

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.

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. The Themed Wellness Walks Team is currently soliciting walk leaders (staff, faculty, or students) for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. A walk leader's duties are simple. A walk leader will:
  1. Select a date and time of their choice. The ideal walking times are 8am to 9am, 12pm to 1pm, and 4pm to 5pm.

  2. Briefly present about any topic of their choice. This is an easy way to get a platform to to discuss your interests with fellow Penn Community members.

  3. Lead participants on a walk at their own pace on a pre-determined route of the walk leader's choice. The Center for Public Health Initiatives has a list of suggested routes, from which a walk leader can select.

To learn more and sign up to lead or participate, visit http://www.cphi.upenn.edu/cphi/weekly-themed-wellness-walks.html.