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PLA Preconference Stipend for Promoting Healthy Communities: Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)

Public librarians are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend "Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community," a preconference workshop held at the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia.

Promoting Healthy Communities is a project of the Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

As part of this health initiative, a one-day preconference workshop, "Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community," will take place Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Attendees who participate in the preconference and complete some pre/post work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association. The CHIS will help librarians keep current in the consumer health information field and obtain an additional, recognized level of expertise.

Up to fifty stipends of $500 each will be distributed. Stipends can be used to support the preconference registration fee (, travel and/or lodging expenses (not including meals). Recipients must commit to doing the required pre/post work to obtain certification and to submitting reports to PLA about their experience and library programming.

Read the full project guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions or start your online application using the links below.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346-01 with The University of Iowa.

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