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Written by: Angela Hursh, Content Team Leader, Main Library

The Library is launching an innovative pilot project at the Main Library to connect social services with people who need it. During the month of March, providers will set up tables in the south building Atrium to promote social services available in our communities. The tables will be staffed by social services organizations each Friday morning in March from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“These Friday sessions are designed to provide opportunities for social services agencies to share information about services,” says David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Library. “Our partners will have the chance to build relationships with people and help them get the services they need most.”

The pilot project focuses on issues like addiction and recovery, nutrition, mental health, safe housing, maternal health, and general health. Participating agencies include: Cancer Justice Network, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, Hamilton County Public Health, Queen City Kitchen Over-the-Rhine, Mary Magdalene House, and the Ohio Equity Institute.

“In 2017, black infants in Ohio died at nearly three times the rate of white infants,” says a spokesperson from the Ohio Equity Institute.” This partnership will help us identify pregnant moms in a safe space. We are addressing the racial disparities in birth outcomes and getting closer to our goal that all babies deserve to make it to age one and beyond.”

The rest of the week, when the tables are not staffed, each agency will leave handouts and information for the public. The Library will also have displays of books, articles, magazines, and other items near the tables to help people better understand their health and make more informed health decisions. The Library will use feedback from these agencies to decide how to help connect residents with health and social service agencies in the future.

For more information about this project, contact David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator.