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It Takes All of Us: Engaging the Community in Biomedical Research and Precision Medicine

Monday, May 6
5:05 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Through a successfully funded outreach award, a health sciences library expanded upon traditional consumer health information outreach to include the basics of biomedical research and precision medicine. The goal of the project was to engage the public with increased knowledge of: quality health information resources, the research process and the benefits of participation in biomedical research. In addition the project focused on the concept of precision medicine, using the All of Us Research Program as an example of a precision medicine research study.
Description :Public libraries hosted consumer health information presentations by medical librarians. The presentations had three themes: becoming well-informed about conditions and medications using MedlinePlus; understanding the process and benefits of biomedical research studies; and recognizing the All of Us Research Program from NIH as an example of a precision medicine initiative that recruits partners (not subjects) from populations that do not traditionally participate in research. The importance of personal data and informed consent were secondary themes. The All of Us program aims to recruit a highly diverse population of one million or more partners. Presentation participants filled out a brief questionnaire following the event. Hosting organizations received iPads to facilitate ongoing access to health information for their audiences.
Conclusion : This project is still in process.

Peter C. Shipman

Dental Medicine and Cancer Librarian
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Peter C. Shipman, MLIS, is the Dental Medicine and Cancer Librarian at the Robert B. Greenblatt MD Library at Augusta University.

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Gail Kouame

Assistant Director for Research & Education Services
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Gail Kouame is the Assistant Director for Research & Education Services at the Greenblatt Library on the health sciences campus at Augusta University. Ms. Kouame manages the embedded librarian program for the health sciences colleges and units: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, and the Institute for Public and Preventive Health. Gail is embedded in the Medical College of Georgia and works primarily with first- and second-year medical students. Her research interests include health literacy in vulnerable populations and librarian integration into undergraduate medical education. In past positions, Ms. Kouame worked under contracts for the National Library of Medicine as well as for the Washington State Department of Health

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