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Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together

January 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments presents opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.

Content for this webinar was informed by a collaborative project between the Network of the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center.

  • Learning Outcome #1: Describe current and past programs involving public health and public library partnerships.
  • Learning Outcome #2: Explain current needs, gaps, barriers, and opportunities for collaboration between public health and public libraries.
  • Learning Outcome #3: Identify opportunities for collaboration within your own community.


  • Hannah Shultz, MA
    Hannah Shultz works at the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where she coordinates outreach and educational programs. Previously, she worked with the National WIC Association and 350.org, a non-profit that works to build grassroots movements finding solutions to the climate crisis. Hannah has an MA from the School of International Service at American University and a BA from the University of Iowa.
  • Laurie Walkner, RN, MA
    Ms. Walkner is Interim Director of the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She also, manages the Midwestern Public Health Training Center that is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her work at the Institute has involved workforce development initiatives with local, state and national partners. Some of these include the development of public health emergency preparedness online programs, foundational public health training, Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies. She co-taught an academic course, on emergency preparedness for practicing veterinarians, with faculty from Iowa State University, along with a foundational public health course and with College of Public Health faculty. She is currently co-teaching a new undergraduate course, Fundamentals in Public Health Preparedness and Response. She has planned and conducted several focus groups with public health directors, the general public, and other community groups.

Learn more and register here.


January 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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