Nampa Library receives grant to enhance access to health and wellness services

Grant will fund project called "Be Well Nampa"
Posted at 9:11 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 11:11:16-04

NAMPA, Ida. — The Nampa Public Library announces it's received a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The $91,943 grant will be used for a project called "Be Well Nampa."

The primary objective of "Be Well Nampa" for the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award is to improve the quality of life in the community and enhance access to existing health services by serving as a centralized, neutral location.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant," said Nampa Library Director Claire Connley. "Through the Be Well Nampa initiative, Nampa residents will be able to capably participate in their own healthcare, no matter their means. We hope to make a lasting difference in health outcomes and awareness in Nampa."

With funding from the grant, the eight-month "Be Well Nampa" project will begin in September 2019 and will include several community benefits:

  • provide individualized treatment and referral services with professional healthcare workers and educators;
  • increase access to reliable online health information at our “Be Well Nampa” library computer center;
  • offer a variety of health and fitness classes and events led by certified health practitioners and;
  • develop an information campaign to promote awareness of the rise in sexually transmitted diseases in our area.

The Nampa Public Library will make use of key partnerships with Terry Reilly Health Services, St. Luke’s Medical Center, American Heart Association and the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare to create an innovative approach to offering health, medical and wellness information to Nampa residents. The public will be able to consult with healthcare providers, use online resources and attend interactive workshops on nutrition, weight loss, fitness and other needed wellness related topics at the Nampa Library.

Mayor Debbie Kling said, “The Nampa Public Library is a natural hub for residents to easily access health and wellness services. I am very appreciative of staff who pursued this grant and applaud the partners who have stepped forward to help cultivate a healthy community together.”

For additional information, click here or head to the Library on 12th Avenue South. All programs and events at the Library are provided to the public, free of charge.