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Penn Nursing Partnership Wins Consumer Health Award

The partnership between the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP), the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Library, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), recently received the Philadelphia Chapter of the Medical Libraries Association’s Randy Brenner Memorial Award.

This award is given to an individual (or group of individuals) in recognition of outstanding contribution to consumer health information services and patient education. The collaboration between FLP, the Biomedical Library, and Penn Nursing was selected for bringing “Health Corners” to a few branches of FLP, most being in West Philadelphia.

“Health Corners” offer the public a private space to investigate questions and concerns they have about their health. With a computer, printer, online access, books, brochures, and magazines, this dedicated space offers a variety of resources from which the public can learn about everything from healthy eating to prescription medication to heart health and more—all for free. These spaces are located in libraries at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional, Kingsessing, and Paschalville.

“In addition to the free resources available, the libraries have periodic programming with Penn Nursing students, who volunteer their time to provide the community with interactive information sessions,” said Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH, BSN, Senior Lecturer. “In fact, some students who take our Nursing 380 course complete their clinical practicums at the libraries.”