Global Health & Health Equity

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Motivated to Engage in Creating Healthier Communities: Evaluation of a Workshop for Librarians on Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy

Monday, May 6
4:50 PM - 5:05 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : NNLM PNR partnered with ALA ODLOS and PLA to present the workshop, "Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity" for public librarians. We aimed to increase understanding of the role implicit bias plays in health disparities and health equity; help public librarians envision how health literacy can be utilized as a tool to improve health equity within their community and increase awareness of NNLM's support to improve health literacy through the All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN). The goal of the workshop was to inspire public librarians to engage in community health outreach.

Description : What is implicit bias? How is it connected to health disparities? And what’s health literacy got to do with health equity? With the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM-PNR planned a highly informative and interactive workshop that explored these timely themes through insightful presentations, self-reflection and group discussions. Since every library serves vulnerable citizens, participants learned how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. An immediate post-conference evaluation was conducted to assess knowledge gained along with a two month post-conference follow-up survey to assess how participants applied new skills and resources acquired at the workshop to impact the health information needs of vulnerable populations within their community.
Conclusion : We will share evaluation and outcomes data that will show an increase in health literacy outreach, programs or services by our workshop participants.

Michele Spatz

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
NNLM Pacific Northwest Region
Seattle, Washington

Michele Spatz, M.S. is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s All of Us Community Outreach Coordinator in the Pacific Northwest Region. An early advocate of health information for all, Michele established and, for 20 years, directed a health resource center serving the general public. A nationally-published author on consumer health librarianship, Michele is a consultant, teacher and speaker on reaching people with meaningful health information.

Her publications include: Answering Consumer Health Questions: The Medical Library Association Guide for Reference Librarians and The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information. Recognized in 2010 as Consumer Health Librarian of the year by the Consumer & Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association, Michele is a recipient of MLA’s Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence & Achievement in Hospital Librarianship. Michele is a passionate health literacy advocate.

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Catherine M. Burroughs

Associate Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
Seattle, Washington

Cathy Burroughs, MLS, is Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Cathy serves as a member of the broader NNLM leadership team and provides program, communication, grant management, supervisory, and evaluation support under the Associate Dean of University Libraries/Director of the NNLM PNR and UW Health Sciences Library. In 2001, the NNLM PNR was awarded a five-year contract for the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center to which Cathy was appointed Assistant Director. Previously, from 1997-2001, she served as a project manager for an outreach evaluation study, funded by the Office of Health Information Programs Development at NLM. Cathy has also managed a division and several large-scale health communications contracts for agencies of the NIH. She received an MLS, with a health sciences specialization, from UCLA.

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