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INFODEMIC Symposium (April 8 & 9) Registration is Open!

Posted by on March 26th, 2021 Posted in: Blog

InfoDemic SymposiumThe COVID-19 pandemic highlights the health and information disparities in underserved and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities, and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium: Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic is an opportunity to learn about, address, and combat  misinformation and mistrust.  Symposium attendees can expect to come away from the 2-day experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 and share strategies and programs to engage with your community.

April 8-9,2021
Each day starts at Noon EDT/ 11:00a.m. CDT/ 10:00a.m. MDT/ 9:00a.m. PDT

Registration for this free symposium is now open at: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

Day 1:
Dr. Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
Approaching Normalcy: Forecasting the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Washington, DC
Presentation title forthcoming


Outreach and Education: Libraries and Information

  • Can You Make Us a Library? Building a COVID-19 FAQ for a Volunteer Team Supporting Senior Residential Facilities in NH During the Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Educational Support Team: Librarians, Physicians, and Medical Students Collaborate to Synthesize COVID-19 Research for Clinicians
  • Dispelling Misinformation and Disinformation about COVID-19 Through a Multidisciplinary Teaching Module
  • Creation and Provision of Reliable COVID-19 and Vaccine Information for Consumers through Programming and Resources: Opportunities for Librarians

WHO Infodemic: Global Perspective and Outreach and Education: Health Sciences

  • Listening to Community Concerns in the COVID-19 Infodemic: A WHO Digital Approach

  • 50 Global Actions to Manage the COVID-19 Infodemic: a WHO Framework

  • Health Care Workers and the COVID-19 Infodemic: A Quandary of Quantity, Quality and Delivery

  • COVID-19 Infodemic: Community Health Workers (CHWs) Bridge the Gap

  • A Pilot Study of Medical Misinformation Perceptions and Training Among Practitioners in North Carolina

Addressing the Infodemic Online

  • The Role of the Crowd in Countering Misinformation: A Case Study of the COVID-19 Infodemic

  • @Dear Pandemic: A Social-Media Based COVID-19 Science Communication Campaign

  • The Anti-vaccination Movement’s Use of Black & Brown Bodies to Promote Distrust in the COVID Vaccine

  • Librarians and Health Professionals Partner to Address Health Information Needs in Time of COVID-19 through Podcast and Other Digital Technologies

  • Wiki-demic: The Rise of Wikipedia in the Battle Against COVID-19 Disinformation


Day2:Jess Kolis, MPH, Global Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
De-bunk to Pre-bunk: A Necessary Paradigm Shift for Addressing Health Misinformation

Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY.  “The Tale of Two Americas: How Two Pandemics Collided and Cost Black and Brown Lives and the Racial and Health Justice Mandate to Save the Future by Every Means Necessary”

In addition to keynotes, each day will have panel discussions and invited speakers on:

  • Key Issues in Medically Underserved Communities
  • WHO: Infodemic Global Health Perspective (panel)
  • Outreach and Education in the Health Sciences
  • Addressing the Infodemic Online
  • Librarians and Information (panel)

Sessions will be held in Zoom.

The Network for the National Library of Medicine invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

Registration for this free symposium is now open at: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration

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This has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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