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PCPL Named Top Innovator

Released: 07-17-13

Public Health Nurse Daniel Lopez

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced Pima County Public Library (PCPL) as one of its ten 2013 Top Innovators during the ULC Annual Forum held in Chicago, Ill., in June. A panel of expert judges selected PCPL's library nurse program from more than 140 applications for the fourth annual ULC Innovations Initiative.

According to PCPL Executive Director Melinda Cervantes, the library nurse program has an impact on the community in many ways."We're bringing health care and information to the public, and making our libraries safer and more welcoming at the same time. It's great to be a part of such a forward-thinking community, library system, and county government."

Before the program was implemented, PCPL staff often called 911 for assistance in handling customers' medical and behavioral issues. In January 2012, the Library began a partnership with the Pima County Health Department to place Public Health Nurses in six libraries.

"Being recognized by the ULC demonstrates that this program is doing what we intended," said Kathleen Malkin, Community Health Services Division Manager for the Pima County Health Department. "Today, all 20 county Public Health Nurses are charged with connecting with the library in their assigned neighborhoods, so our impact will grow even more."

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