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Libraries Partner to Build Health Literacy 

Healthy Acadia is partnering with public libraries across Hancock and Washington counties Maine to increase awareness and use of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM) free public health resources. The All of Us Research Program Community Engagement Project is supported by a grant from the NNLM, New England Region, to help public libraries support the health information needs of their patrons. NNLM resources include up-to-date information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues, peer-reviewed medical research articles, pharmacological reference, pharmacological, toxic substance and household product databases, clinical trials, opportunities to participate in medical research, and much more.

Participating libraries are scheduling community engagement events and offering one-on-one tutorials designed to increase knowledge and use of the NNLM’s free online medical reference and educational content such as MedlinePlus and other resources, including the All of Us Research Program, medical research, and clinical trials. Healthy Acadia will train interested librarians to facilitate community workshops and tutoring sessions; limited stipends are available for librarians who facilitate or host workshops or tutoring sessions in their library or another publicly-accessible community venue. Trainings may also be combined with other health-promoting activities such as tai chi, healthy eating, mindfulness and more.

Workshop attendees will navigate through the MedlinePlus portal to explore the wide variety of health resources available, search health topics, explore health videos and interactive tutorials, optionally sign up to receive periodic online and/or print health updates, and check out other interactive tools. They will also learn about the All of Us Research Program, an effort of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to a research program of 1,000,000+ people. The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us. Learn more here.

For more information about participating libraries and upcoming events, or to become a partner library in this exciting project, contact Nina at [email protected] or by phone at 667-7171; or Chasity at [email protected] or 255-3741.

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