Global Health & Health Equity
Paper: Program Description Abstract
Raising Awareness of Diversity: One Chapter’s Experience
Tuesday, May 7
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Brenda Linares, AHIP
Health Sciences Librarian
University of Kansas Medical Center
Olathe, North Carolina
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA
Asstistant Director, Communications and Web Content, Hospital Nursing Liaison
Duke University Medical Center LIbrary & Archives
Durham, North Carolina
Tony Nguyen, AHIP
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region
Ene Belleh, AHIP
Clinical Information Librarian
Background : In 2015, the Diversity Task Group was appointed to investigate ways the Chapter could encourage, develop and promote diversity within Chapter Membership as well as promote diversity within the profession of medical librarianship. The group developed a survey for its members to get feedback on diversity and important issues the group could address. This presentation will highlight lessons learned about creating a diversity committee/task force, results from the membership survey about diversity topics, and the plan of action to address the issues of diversity in response to the survey results.
Description : To create an action plan to promote diversity within the Chapter membership, the committee developed an in-depth survey of 27 questions approved by IRB. The survey was sent via email to the Chapter membership with a corresponding 39% respondent rate. The data gathered from this survey will be analyzed and evaluated to create an action plan with recommendations for the Chapter to start implementing in the organization. Potential solutions include conference programming and continuing education opportunities.
Conclusion : Analysis is underway. Based on survey results, an initial committee recommendation has been to invite a speaker on implicit bias to address attendees at the Annual Conference.