Healthy Acadia partners with local libraries to increase health literacy

HANCOCK, WASHINGTON COUNTIES, Maine (WABI) 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 Medicines 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.

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.

For more information about participating libraries and upcoming events, or to become a partner library in this project, contact Healthy Acadia in Ellsworth at 667-7171 or in Machias at 255-3741.