Libraries and museums help individuals find the health information they needs and offer a range of learning experiences to support healthy lifestyles.
In order to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, IMLS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare will work cooperatively to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with information resources and community partners.
National Initiative: Let's Move! Museums & Gardens
This new national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen health (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
Health content on the IMLS Web site:
January 8, 2015 01:43 PM
Reach Out and Read’s New Project is a "Prescription for Success."
September 4, 2014 01:36 PM
OCLC ZeroDivide will develop additional resources for individual libraries to highlight ways they can lead or support health initiatives.
May 21, 2014 12:43 PM
Learn how to use its creative educational approach for programming at your institution.
March 24, 2015 03:08 PM
IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.
March 12, 2015 03:08 PM
The New York Botanical Garden celebrated the 5th anniversary of Let’s! Move by hosting Carla Hall’s Culinary Kids Week in February. Children and families participated in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on edible gardening and healthy eating.
February 6, 2015 11:01 AM
Ryan White was one of the first children to be diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, which he contracted from a medicine used to treat his hemophilia. At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a permanent exhibit—Ryan’s childhood room—educates visitors about Ryan’s life and AIDS. We hear from Ryan’s mom and close friend in this StoryCorps interview.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is bringing the museum experience into public housing developments with a model program that includes early childhood literacy elements, health exhibits, and educational programming.
When the Boston Children’s Museum’s KidPower—a new health exhibit—became the anchor exhibit of its new wing, the Museum’s new health focus was literally front and center. They joined the ranks of children’s museums that are becoming a national force in combating childhood obesity and at the same time found they could learn valuable lessons from their local community.
Health information is a broad category covering many complex topics. When creating a consumer health Web site, it’s more effective to build a directory of trustworthy resources than to point people straight to the most comprehensive source.
A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services.