Creating a Road Map: Local Public Health 2.0
The Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) received a $34,895 subcontract award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in November 2007. This award funded a collaborative project that paired THL librarians with Genesee and Monroe County Health Departments to develop best practices for integrating Web 2.0 technologies into the work of local public health departments.
Following a needs assessment and an evaluation of opportunities for the use of Web 2.0 technologies, a series of workshops were provided in order to train public health staff in the use of the relevant technologies. Once the training was completed, the THL project team worked with individuals, committees, and the departments as a whole to integrate the technologies into their work. A wiki-based web site was created to include information about specific technologies and their multiple uses for public health departments. The public health community was encouraged to engage with the web site and add additional technologies and uses. This project resulted in a roadmap for local public health departments incorporating Web 2.0 and social technologies into their communication and information sharing methods.
More information about this project can be found on the "Creating a Roadmap: Local Public Health 2.0" slideshare presentation.
The THL project team was headed by Jane Blumenthal, (Principal Investigator), Nancy Allee (Project Director), Gillian Mayman (Project Coordinator), Alison Grodzinski (Evaluation and Trainer), Carol Shannon (Evaluation and Trainer), Helen Look (Trainer), Patricia Anderson (Trainer), and Hung Truong (Web Programmer and Trainer).
This was one of four recent subcontracts for the Taubman Health Sciences Library funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. Other projects have focused on health information for people with disabilities, health literacy, social media for public health, and public health informatics. This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services under contract no. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.