For the purposes of this sub-committee, patient education focuses on promoting health literacy (as defined by the ) to individuals, families and community members to help them effectively manage their health journey. This includes empowering patients to access and evaluate reliable and accurate health information. With understanding that partnering with staff and clinicians ensures patients and families have the skills and knowledge to manage their care and to make informed decisions and lead healthier lives.
The Patient Education and Consumer Health Subcommittee supports Consortium members' adherence to and promotion of professional standards in health science library services. It assists members in preparing for the review of their library services in their institution's accreditation process. This includes monitoring of new or revised standards for library services in health care institutions and helping members ensure their adherence to those standards. The subcommittee also works to assist members in communicating the importance of the health science information professional's skills and knowledge, as well as the critical role library and information services play in achieving excellence in patient care, research and teaching in member institutions.
Membership is open to all staff in Consortium member libraries to a maximum of 10 members.
A chair will be chosen from among the subcommittee’s members and will serve for a maximum of three years.
Meetings will be held quarterly, with other business being conducted by email. Meetings are open to all Consortium members.