A special message from NNLM MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling:
MAR Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins has accepted a position with the All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center, located in the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In her role as Participant Engagement Lead, Lydia will be tasked with creating an All of Us Research Program Participant Engagement Series, to assist in ongoing education, engagement and retention of All of Us participants. She will also be utilizing her consumer health background and skills to develop educational learning resources related to topics important to the All of Us Research Program, such as genomic data and research ethics, which will be available to wide audiences.
Lydia and I started within days of each other in October 2011 as Coordinators for the new MAR. Since then, she has been our primary liaison to public libraries, community- and faith-based groups and K-12 professionals. Due in large part to Lydia’s efforts, public libraries now make up 30% of MAR members, our largest single organization type.
A few other highlights:
Although we will miss Lydia in the MAR offices, please join me in congratulating her on her new position.
We are currently recruiting a Health Programming Coordinator, who will hope to have on board in the fall. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or training in National Library of Medicine resources.