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Public Libraries: A Community-Level Resource to Advance Population Health

Philbin, MM; Parker, CM; Flaherty, MG; Hirsch, JS; (2019) Public Libraries: A Community-Level Resource to Advance Population Health. Journal of Community Health , 44 (1) pp. 192-199. 10.1007/s10900-018-0547-4. Green open access

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Abstract

Policy makers and public health practitioners rarely consider public libraries to be part of the health system, even though they possess several characteristics that suggest unrealized potential to advance population health. This scoping review uses an adapted social determinants framework to categorize current health-related work conducted by public libraries in the United States and to discuss libraries’ potential as ‘meso-level’ community resources to improve population health. Our discussion of libraries contributes to scholarship on place-based health disparities, by emphasizing the potential impact of institutions that are modifiable through social policy—e.g., parks, community centers, schools—and which have a conceptually clear or empirically documented relationship to health.

Type: Article
Title: Public Libraries: A Community-Level Resource to Advance Population Health
Location: Netherlands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10900-018-0547-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-018-0547-4
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Public libraries; population health; place-based health disparities; meso-level
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181752
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