My Library Keeps Me Healthy: Health Literacy, Mental and Behavioral Health

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, September 2, 2016
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

My Library Keeps Me Healthy: Health Literacy, Mental and Behavioral Health

The My Library Keeps Me Healthy initiative has been funded for a second year in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission competitive Special Projects grant category and will continue to sustain some of the health literacy work begun in the first year as well as add a focus on behavior and mental health to the array of programming and services offered by the Austin Public Library.

This $74,995 grant will fund social worker practicum students from to perform services at the Central Library, Terrazas and Little Walnut Creek branches. At these locations, the Social Worker will be helping customers by making referrals to agencies where they can find help in Travis County, and coordinating programming with partner agencies.

In addition, Austin Free-Net bilingual program specialists will be assisting customers with their digital literacy needs. The Austin Public library will partner with the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI Austin), Austin Travis County Integral Care, Austin Travis County Health and Human Services – Health Equity and Neighborhood Services Staff. Other groups supporting this health literacy work include the Latino HealthCare Forum, the City Office of Innovation and agencies like Front Steps.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2017). For more information about My Library Keeps Me Healthy please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov/health.

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