Physical Health

Be Prepared for the Unexpected with Nicholas Fischer

With over 500,000 cardiac arrests occurring each year, CPR training from the American Red Cross can be the difference between life and death. Developed and taught by experts, our training satisfies OSHA, workplace or other regulatory requirements. From personalized learning to interactive scenarios to peer-to-peer learning and hands-on skill practice, you will be prepared to provide care when it’s needed most.  Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units are found in many libraries throughout the state.  An AED  is a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical devise that helps to re-establish an effective heart rhythm in those experience sudden cardiac arrest. When used with proper training, these devices can help save a life when seconds matter. AEDs save lives. 

During this American Red Cross breakout session, we’ll share more on the newest release of the First Aid/CPR/AED program and discuss the AED unit support. Join us to learn more about these lifesaving devices and how you can integrate that knowledge with CPR courses.

Nicholas Fischer is Strategic Account Manager for the American Red Cross. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida and represents the state of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Nick serves as the direct point of contact and support for organizations seeking to gain life saving training and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit distribution. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife Katy and soon to be 2-year-old son Eli. They are avid campers and traveling enthusiasts, enjoying the many state park beach campgrounds on the Florida Panhandle.


The Librarian Is In: Health Reference for non-Health Librarians with Carrie Adams and Susan Harnett

Providing quality health reference is an essential service provision to support the health of community members. However, these interviews may be more involved and/or present special challenges compared to other types of reference interactions. Join Carrie Adams and Susan Harnett as we discuss providing reference services to health consumers; including understanding health literacy, effective reference practices for health questions, and locating and providing high-quality information.

Carrie D. Adams, MA, LIS is Program Director of Borland Library at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. She previously oversaw medical library services for a five-hospital health system and has worked closely with clinicians to create and distribute informational resources for patient and family education. Her research interests include the application of instructional design principles and educational technology in library instruction and as an intervention for improving consumer health literacy.

Susan Harnett, MLA, AHIP-D is Medical Information Services Librarian at Borland Library, University of Florida, Jacksonville.  Her research interests include health literacy and consumer health information. She has authored several articles on health literacy and developed consumer health programming to teach public librarians and public service staff how to identify and evaluate authoritative health resources on the web; how health literacy affects health outcomes and what public libraries can do to help.


Naloxone and Its Lifesaving Impact to our Communities with Victoria Sims

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are steadily rising among the United States. Libraries have not been sheltered from this epidemic. There is an ongoing discussion of what library staff should do in such an event. This presentation will take a look at one of the leading options: Naloxone treatment.

A Florida-based community-engagement program is using the Community Health Worker Model to distribute free naloxone kits and provide awareness of naloxone’s lifesaving impact throughout our communities. This presentation will expand on why, where, how, and who should have naloxone readily available.

Victoria Sims is the Director of Operations for HealthStreet, a community-engagement program at the University of Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree from the University of West Florida and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health from Baylor University. Sims is a Certified Health Education Specialist, certified through the National Commission for Health Education and Credentialing, and has more than three years’ experience in community-engagement research at UF.