New Webinar: Revolutionizing Library Management with Health in All Policies

After attending this webinar series, you will comprehend how Health in All Policies (HiAP) can be applied to libraries.

Join us for a three-part webinar series about how Health in All Policies (HiAP) can be applied to library management. Register here

What is Health in All Policies? 

Health in All Policies (HiAP) integrates health considerations into the decision-making processes across different sectors. It recognizes that health outcomes are influenced by social, economic, and environmental determinants. HiAP promotes collaboration among sectors to improve population health and well-being. The key principles include intersectoral collaboration, health equity, and evidence-based decision-making. HiAP can lead to more effective policies, prevent chronic diseases, and create supportive environments for health.

Why Should Libraries Implement a HiAP Approach? 

Libraries should adopt a Health in All Policies approach to improve community health by collaborating with other sectors and advocating for policies - in their libraries and in their communities - that prioritize health. This approach can address health disparities and increase community engagement while leveraging resources from different sectors. It aligns with the evolving role of libraries as community anchors.

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After attending this webinar series, you will comprehend how Health in All Policies (HiAP) can be applied to libraries. This webinar series covers practical strategies for incorporating health considerations into library policies and practices. Examples of HiAP implementation in libraries are provided, along with guidance on accessing funding and applying best practices.


Session 1: Health is the Foundation on Which Our Communities Are Built 

September 26th, 12-1 EST 

Session 2: Agencies, Access, and Funding Partners

October 24th, 12-1 EST 

Session 3: Community Frameworks and Best Practices 

November 28th, 12-1 EST 


Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS, is an associate professor of Library & Information Science and an affiliated faculty member in the Gerontology program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he founded Let's Move in Libraries in 2016. Lenstra has been a Principal Investigator on multiple federal and state government-funded programs focused on the diffusion of innovation of new models of public library work as community work, including HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) at the Library via Co-Developed Programming (Funder: IMLS # RE-246336-OLS-20), South Carolina Public Libraries & Health: Needs and Opportunities (Funder: South Carolina Center for Rural & Primary Healthcare), and Community Health and Wellness: Small and Rural Library Practices, Perspectives, and Programs (Funder: IMLS # LG-18-19-0015-19). Lenstra's educational training includes an M.S. and PhD in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professional memberships include the Public Library Association and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries: Within the latter he is a co-chair of the Association’s Partnerships Committee. 

Nicole Peritore, PhD, CHES ®, has worked to help individuals, families, and communities move towards making healthier choices.  Her master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and doctorate in Communication has provided a unique lens in which to work towards creating opportunities for health. Before coming to Augusta University, Nicole worked at the University of Kentucky as a Health Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.  As a Health Specialist, she developed, trained, implemented, and evaluated programming from FCS agents across the state. At Augusta University, Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education and moving to the new School of Public Health. She is also the Program Director for the B.S. in Health Promotion program. She teaches classes such as Introduction to Nutrition, Public and Community Health, Health Literacy and Health Promotion Program Planning, Design, and Evaluation. Her publications include work with creating health in all policies, the importance of working with community partners, and ways that communities can improve opportunities for health programming related to nutrition and physical activity. Her current research is focused on understanding and supporting community-based health programming. 

Dr. Jenny Bossaller is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) at the University of Missouri at Columbia (MU). Her teaching and research focus broadly encompasses public libraries, information policy, the history of libraries and information, and related social and technological phenomena. She has focused especially on the public’s access to information. She co-developed two IMLS education grants focusing on public library leadership and community and professional immersion (PuLL) another to revitalize the school’s health information and librarianship track (C4CH). She is the author of numerous articles related to libraries and health, and is co-author of Introduction to Public Librarianship. She was the recipient of the 2022 ALISE / Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults.

John Chrastka is a founder and executive director of EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy and tax policy think tank for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to 131 library communities with ballot measures and tax referendums, helping win more than $400 million in stable tax funding. He is a former Board President of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library and RAILS, the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System. Prior to EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, an association consultancy, was Director for Membership Development at ALA, and a co-founder of the EdTech startup Classmap. He was recognized by the Library Journal in 2014 as a Mover & Shaker.