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PARTNER NEWS: NNLM excited to offer program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, April 8, 2019

Please see the below from our PA Forward partners at NNLM/MAR: 

We are pleased to announce an amazing kit that is available free to libraries to assist with summer library programming. 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is here to help with your summer health programming! As partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s A Universe of Stories, we are excited to offer a program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space! This kit is available only to NNLM members in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Programs in this kit are designed for kids and teens, but can be adapted to any audience.

The Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit includes:

  • 3 Storytime Books: The Baby Biochemist: DNAMousetronaut, and Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
  • 1 copy of Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
  • Lesson plans for modeling DNA with candy and making DNA sequence bracelets.
  • Program supplies: pipe cleaners, tooth picks, and beads
  • Brochures to connect patrons to reliable sources of health information
  • Information about the All of Us Research Program

Each NNLM MAR member organization may order one kit. The deadline to order is April 30, 2019. Kits will be mailed by May 24, 2019.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Tags:  DNA  Health Literacy  NNLM/MAR  Program-In-A-Box  Space 

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First Quarter Star Library Awards Being Distributed Soon

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We just wrapped up the first quarter of 2019 and that means we're preparing #PAForward #StarLibrary awards! Libraries that achieved any level of star status between December 16 and March 31 will receive their official awards in the coming days. We take the first few days of the next quarter (every time) to do final checks on submissions and ensure all star awards are up-to-date. So for libraries that made any achievements between mid-December and March 31 AND successfully submitted for your star(s) via the Star website, you will receive your official award in the next few days. Awards are made for the highest level earned at the time of the award period.

For anyone interested in a comprehensive listing of PA Forward Star Libraries, visit Official awards will continue to be made on a quarterly basis. If anyone has any questions about the program, please send an email to

Congrats to all of our #StarLibraries!


Tags:  Awards  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Forward  Social Literacy  Star Library 

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PA Forward Partner News: Webinar - Preparing Adolescents for Lifetime

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, February 21, 2019

“Preparing Adolescents for a Lifetime of Investing in Their Own Health Care”

Date: March 14, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register Here

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP)’s Person and Family Engagement Council member Linda Miller will be one of the featured presenters on this state-wide webinar. Linda became passionate about patient advocacy four years ago, upon the death of her father. That illness, along with some unfortunate situations in the hospital, had a profound effect on Linda. As a result, she not only joined HAP’s Council, but also allotted time and energy to the topic of patient advocacy in the classroom where she is a high school health teacher. Linda developed a core health topic for her 10th grade students with a hope to change the way we educate our youth as it pertains to their self-care and communications with health care professionals.

In addition to Linda, the webinar will include two individuals from the Adolescent Health Initiative at Michigan Medicine, which is an affiliate of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Community Health. These individuals help to run a program designed to empower youth to actively participate in their own health care for lifelong engagement in the health system.

The one hour webinar is appropriate for anyone interested in patient engagement and teaching others how to take an active role in their care. It is offered at no cost and a certificate of attendance will be provided.



Tags:  Health Literacy 

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Partner News: Latest Report on Elder Justice Issues to be released 1/29/19

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, January 28, 2019

News from our PA Forward partners at PA Courts:

The Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts will release their latest progress report on elder justice issues on Tuesday, January 29. 

The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the Lt. Governor's Balcony, 2nd floor of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg. 


Tags:  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Courts 

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Partner News: NNLM Reading Club Book Kit Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has developed the NNLM Reading Club as a way to build and support conversations around important health topics. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs, through the fun and intimacy of a book club. The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles, along with corresponding free, ready-to-use materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic. This program-in-a-box includes 8 copies of each of the following items, all of which are tucked inside a handy library bag and shipped to the requesting library:

  • the selected book
  • discussion guide
  • MedlinePlus flyer
  • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
  • additional material in support of the health topic

Any NNLM MAR member organization (membership is free!) is eligible to apply for one free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit through April 30, 2019. Due to the expected high demand, public libraries will receive priority status in the selection process, but all are welcome to apply. To request your NNLM Reading Club Book Kit, complete the online application form.

For questions, additional information, or special accessibility requests that would facilitate better participation of the book club for your community, please contact NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Leigh Milliner at Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the current selections and featured topic of Family Health History.

Tags:  Health Literacy  NNLM/MAR  Reading Club 

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PA Forward Partner News: Monroeville Public Library to Host Alzheimer's Community Forum

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 30, 2018
See the attached flier regarding an Alzheimer's Community Forum taking place December 4 at the Monroeville Public Library. This forum is sponsored in collaboration with the Greater PA Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, a PA Forward partner organization. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Health Literacy 

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Partner News: Oral Health Story Kit Follow Up Survey

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Please see the below from our PA Forward partners at the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: 


Did your library receive an Oral Health Story Kit last year? Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC), a program of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is conducting a brief follow-up survey on this project. The survey found here: takes no more than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to improve community resources like this in the future. Responses are due as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, November 30th. We greatly value your feedback and, as a thank you for your participation, anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. Please contact HTHC at with questions or concerns.


Thank you again for your assistance and support!


Healthy Teeth Healthy Children Program

PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics



Kristin Haegele Hill

Program Director

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC)


Tags:  American Academy of Pediatrics  Health Literacy  Oral Health Story Kit 

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Libraries Work with PA Forward Partners at Insurance to Host Open Enrollment Sessions

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 2, 2018

The PA Insurance Department, a PA Forward partner, will be hosting a series of open enrollment health insurance plan sessions at state libraries through November and December. 

The following sessions have been scheduled:

November 5

Richland Community Library, Lebanon County, 2-6 p.m.

November 6

Slippery Rock Community Library, Butler County, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Greenville Area Public Library, Mercer County, 1-3 p.m.

St. Mary's Public Library, Elk County, 4-6 p.m.

November 7

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

November 8

Ashland Public Library, Schuylkill County, 4-6 p.m.

November 15

Emmaus Public Library, Lehigh County, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

November 27

Palmyra Public Library, Lebanon County, 4-6 p.m.

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

December 12

Adams Memorial Library, Westmoreland County, 4-6 p.m.

Adams County Library, Adams County, 4-6 p.m. 

The sessions are being offered to provide residents with information about individual health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Attendees can also sign-up for the selected plan on-site. 

From the PA Insurance Department's press release: 

“Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the ACA runs through December 15, and I encourage Mercer County residents who need coverage to take advantage of this opportunity,” Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Trained navigators will be on hand to help people find the best deal for the coverage they need. There is no cost for the assistance navigators provide.”

“Many people could find comparable plans at lower prices than they are now paying,” Altman said.

Altman noted about four out of five Pennsylvanians currently insured through the ACA with plans bought on the website receive subsidies to offset much of their premiums. Individuals with incomes up to approximately $48,560 are eligible for tax credit subsidies, and families of four with incomes up to approximately $100,400 are eligible.

Information about health plans available by county, along with other resource information is available at 

Tags:  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy 

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Partner News: Healthy Me PA Highlights Libraries' Roles in Health Literacy Conversation

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Our PA Forward partners at the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently highlighted Martin Library for their health literacy programming. The segment was put together as part of HAP's outreach to celebrate Health Literacy Month in October.


To view the segment, with children's librarian, Trish Bissett, visit the Healthy Me PA Facebook page at 

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Tags:  Health Literacy 

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Partner News: Health Insurance Literacy Resources Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, October 22, 2018

Some of your libraries have scheduled visits with our PA Forward partners at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to assist patrons with the open enrollment process this year. 


The department has shared some resources, including a few videos, to help provide an insurance 101 overview for your patrons. Check out this link and feel free to share with your patrons if you like: 


The department also has rack cards available for you. Check out the graphic attached. If any of you would like to have copies sent to your libraries, send an email request to 

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Tags:  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  Insurance 

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