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Libraries and museums help individuals find the health information they needs and offer a range of learning experiences to support healthy lifestyles.

CMS logoPartnership: E-Health
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:
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Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Webinar: Wednesday, March 19

March 11, 2014 12:56 PM
Learn how museums and gardens can use the USDA’s MyPlate in programming and food service. Read More

 
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Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

September 17, 2013 12:32 PM
IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to collaborate with their local officials in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

September 12, 2013 07:41 AM
Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for their rich collections. IMLS will honor museum grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 18th. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer

April 11, 2014 12:25 PM
Two webinars describe how museums and libraries can get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Pioneer Sunday at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

March 26, 2014 12:50 PM
During a spring break program, San Antonio residents participated in family activities that stimulated exploration in home gardening, organic farming, and nutrition at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Read More

 
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Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
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Built to Learn: A Model Community Engagement Project


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. Read More

 
GoKids program at the Boston Children’s Museum
January 2012: Boston Children’s Museum Finds Community is Great Teacher


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. Read More

 
Christie Silbajoris, Director of NC Health Info, and participants at the NCHEALINFO exhibit during the annual “Fiesta del Pueblo” in Raleigh, NC.
May 2010: Keep It Simple, Doc: How to Build a Consumer Health Portal


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. Read More