Pima County Public Library
Pima County Public Library hires public health nurse. (Tuscon Citizen, 2/23/2012)
Excerpt: In the short time that she’s been on the job, she’s been able to refer dozens of library visitors with health issues – especially those without health insurance – to resources in the community.
She counseled a branch manager who had determined that a young library user had head lice. She’s met latchkey kids and answered teens’ questions about sex – and took advantage of the opportunity to talk to them about diabetes and high blood pressure. She helped a victim of domestic violence find safe shelter and get medical attention. She encourages library visitors to use the hand sanitizer that’s always available to reduce the spread of germs. “Everything is an educational moment,” [Emily] Pogue says.