Thirteen public librarians from the MidContinental Region joined counterparts across the country at the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium on May 22 and 23.
Held on the final two days of the 2018 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Atlanta, the gathering allowed public librarians interested in providing consumer health information to connect with and learn from one another.
Participants heard about the need for public librarians to provide consumer health information and were encouraged to develop plans to increase institutional impact on health literacy.
Dara Richardson-Heron, the chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, spoke to a joint gathering of health sciences and public librarians about the initiative’s plans to partner with libraries in providing health information to populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Former Surgeon General David Satcher discussed the continuing problem of disparities in health research and treatment.
Many of the participants from the MidContinental Region will be sharing their experiences in an upcoming NNLM MCR Breezing session.