The first half of this one-hour presentation will introduce the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), a certificate program from MLA that helps library staff develop essential skills for providing health information to community members. The webinar will look at the course options that NNLM offers to people pursuing the CHIS, including classes on a wide range of topics and in a variety of formats. The second half of the presentation will look at grants that NNLM offers to support health outreach programming at libraries and other institutions. This part of the session will cover the basic requirements for NNLM grants, how to find NNLM awards that are open to applications, and some tips on writing a grant application that meets NNLM criteria. The session will conclude with a few recent examples of health outreach projects funded by NNLM.
Presenter: Jarrod Irwin
Jarrod Irwin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic region, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. His educational work focuses on ways that library staff, medical professionals, and community organizations can partner with the people they serve to promote informed decision-making about health and wellness. Jarrod holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as a reference assistant at Ebling Library for the Health Sciences.