October is Health Literacy Month!
From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine: “Health literacy requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to apply these skills to health situations. For example, it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems.”
How do people access and understand health-related information and how can librarians help? Below is a list of free resources and webinars (some upcoming, some archived) focused on health literacy and the role of libraries.
- “October is Health Literacy Month” – WebJunction
- “Health Literacy Month” – healthliteracy.org
- “Health Literacy” – National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
- “Health Literacy, Programming, and Consumer Health Information” – ALA
- “Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries” – PLA/NNLM
- Oct. 2nd: Welcome to Health Literacy Month! – healthliteracy.org
- Oct. 10th: How the Library Can Help Students Navigate Mental Health – School Library Connection
- Oct. 15th: Helping Patrons Navigate “Dr. Google” – NNLM
- Oct. 16th: Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations – NNLM
- Oct. 16th: PNR Rendezvous: Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – NNLM
- Oct. 22nd: Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – NNLM
- Oct. 30: Public Libraries Partner to Respond to the Opioid Crisis – WebJunction
- Archived: Health Literacy Begins at Your Library – WebJunction
- Archived: Health Education Resources with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – NCompass Live
- Archived: Many Languages, Many Cultures: Responding to Diverse Health Information Needs – NCompass Live
If you would like to earn continuing education (CE) credit and are enrolled in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification program, please submit a “CE Activity Report Form” after each webinar.
If you have any continuing education questions, please contact Holli Duggan.