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Health Pathways: Consumer Health Workshops  

Welcome! This collection of consumer health classes is recognized by the Medical Library Association as Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) classes.
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All About CHIS

What is CHIS?

Librarians and library staff are able to earn the Consumer Health Information Specialization in consumer health topics and services by taking taking eligible classes as designated by the Medical Library Association (MLA.) To attain the Level I CHIS, participants must earn at least 12 CE units of eligible classes. CHIS classes are very useful for public and hospital librarians who answer health information questions for members of the public.

Applying for Your CHIS Training Certificate with the Medical Library Association:

After a participant attends classes and earns at least 12 CHIS-eligible CE, he or she can apply for the specialization if desired. These CHIS training classes are completely free, however, there is a fee to apply for the specialization through MLA: $45 for MLA members, and $75 for non-members.  Our course instructor will submit a list of participants who completed each course to MLA. Participants are responsible for filling out their application and sending in the required documentation and fees.  Full information and the submission for is available on the MLA site here:  Here is the link to the application form:


About the CHIS Training

Health Pathways Consumer Health Class Series

Welcome! This series of in-person consumer health classes provides an opportunity for participants to earn CHIS, the Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association. Click on the tabs across the top to learn more about each session.
NN/LM PSR is offering these in-person workshops to libraries throughout the Pacific Southwest region.

Who will benefit from  attending these workshops?

These classes are designed for public librarians and other library staff who provide health reference and information services to members of the general public.  Hospital librarians, community college librarians, and academic health science librarians also find the classes useful.

Training in locations throughout the Pacific Southwest

If your library is interested in training but travel to Los Angeles is not an option, please contact us for information about bringing the training to your location! We are interested in finding host locations for these workshops in our region. 

In most cases, In order for us to teach at your location the institution must provide the following:

  • a computer lab with individual workstations for 1-2 attendees each
  • an instructor workstation
  • a minimum of 10 attendees

If you would like to make arrangements or if you have any questions, please contact us at


Current Schedule

No in-person sessions are currently scheduled. Please visit the PSR Training and Registration page to see what's currently being offered.

When we hold these classes, you will choose the classes you will attend. If you attend all four, you will be eligible to apply for CHIS, the Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association! See below for more information about CHIS.


NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

Logo NNLM Pacific Southwest Region

NN/LM PSR is part of the regional outreach program of the National Library of Medicine, located at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA. Our region includes Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific.

Our mission is to enhance access to health information for health professionals and the public. For more information about NN/LM PSR, please visit our website at

Contact us at:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

National Network Office

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 38, Room B1-E03

Bethesda, Maryland 20894


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