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Health Information Week 5th-11th July

by Cate Newell on 2021-07-02T09:22:03+01:00 in Health Information Week, Health literacy, Library news | 0 Comments

                            Health Information Week is an annual, multisector campaign, held nationally, to promote good quality health resources which are available to the public. It encourages organisations to work in partnership and the Library & Knowledge Services here at MPH are delighted to partner with our colleagues at both Somerset Public Library and the Somerset CCG.

The themes of #HIW2021 are:

  • Quality marks
  • Health information for children
  • Uplifting Resources
  • Digital health
  • “Oh, I don’t know what to believe…”
  • Health information for everyone
  • Vaccines

Everyone needs to be able to access good quality health information to become active partners in the management of their own healthcare. The past 18 months have highlighted the importance of finding reliable sources of information to help take care of our own mental and physical health.

Increasingly, people access health information online and it is important that they are signposted to ways of finding trustworthy, evidence-based information. Librarians from MPH have worked in partnership with our colleagues at the Public Library to produce advice on finding websites with Health Quality Marks, thinking critically about health information sources and learning how to assess whether an information source is likely to be reliable. In order to reach our audience across multiple engagement channels, we have produced a series of video presentations, we will hold a live Q &A on social media on Tuesday 6th July and we have been interviewed for the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast.

Additionally, we are excited to hold an online conversation with Dr Lucy Pollock on Monday 5th July with the discussion based on The Book About Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it) We feel that important messages from this book will be valuable to our colleagues from both a clinical and personal perspective. Free tickets are still available to book via EventBrite.

One of our librarians has worked with a small team on a project for HEE, creating an online toolkit of health resources and information for use in schools. The Schools’ Health Literacy Toolkit will be launched with a national campaign on Tuesday 6th July 2021.

Throughout the week do keep a lookout for Tweets from @SomNHS_LKS highlighting evidence-based health information and details of the new books available from the library in the Uplifting Collection supplied by the NHS to enhance mental wellbeing.


Veronica Price
Clinical Outreach Librarian

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