Reaching the Uninsured: Libraries Work to Reduce Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage

Tuesday, 11/19/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Heart icon with stylized EKG waveJoin PLA for this webinar on how public libraries can educate uninsured patrons and build awareness about health insurance coverage. Participants will learn about PLA’s second annual initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, with tips and tools to help libraries start or increase their efforts to educate and build awareness of coverage. These efforts will help reach the uninsured, many of whom are people of color, and increase health insurance literacy for better health outcomes.

As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, PLA offers public libraries a suite of free tools and resources to prepare for the next Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), November 1–December 15, 2019.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the needs for promotion, education, and outreach around the 2019 Open Enrollment process and health insurance literacy;
  • Take advantage of free resources and tools to promote awareness about health insurance coverage options; and
  • Explore strategies for advocacy and developing partnerships to create a healthier community.

Who Should Attend

This free webinar is intended for public library workers at all levels with limited knowledge or experience around the health insurance enrollment process.

Panelists

Emily Vardell is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University (Emporia, KS).

Sally Jones is the head of Information Services and interlibrary loan coordinator at Washington County (VA) Public Library.

Leighann Wood is program manager with the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Registration

Cost

THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

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Archived Recording

If you're unable to register for this webinar, an archived recording will be freely available typically within 1–3 business of the live event. Visit PLA On-Demand Webinars for more information.

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the Zoom platform. Please review Zoom technical requirements and support information, and test your connection.

Once you've joined the webinar, there are two ways to connect your audio: via computer (VoIP) or via telephone. No microphone is required. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by telephone via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.

Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, but will provide a boilerplate certificate of completion for this webinar, which registrants—individuals and groups—can personalize as needed.

Contact

Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).