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Medical Librarians Partner with Community Health Workers to Promote LGBTQIA+ Health

Posted by on May 19th, 2021 Posted in: Blog, Public Health, Regional Interest


NNLM Regions 3 and 2 are please to announce an upcoming webinar on “Establishing Partnerships between Librarians and Community Health Workers to Promote LGBTQIA+ Health” to be held on June 9th at 10:00 am CT.

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:000am CT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT

Webinar Description: This presentation will cover a unique model for LGBTQIA+ health promotion that partners medical librarians with community health workers (CHWs) to facilitate information creation, seeking, use, and sharing within LGBTQIA+ communities. The project is a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina iSchool and the Arnold School of Public Health’s Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA). It is funded by an IMLS National Leadership grant.

Presenter Descriptions:

  • Vanessa Kitzie, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (with a focus on information marginalization), gender and sexuality studies, and social justice and diversity in librarianship. She is a recipient of IMLS Early Career Development (2018) and ALA Diversity (2019) grants.
  • Dom Francis, MPH, is the Training Coordinator for the Center for Community Health Alignment within the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. He brings to the table over four years of nuanced public health experience in areas including fitness, qualitative evaluation, and workforce development. As the Training Coordinator, Dom’s primary role is to develop curricula and facilitate training for the Center’s anchor initiative, the CHW Institute. Dom also serves as an active member of the South Carolina CHW Association and is a part of its Annual Conference Subcommittee.
  • Nick Vera, MLIS, is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include understanding health and information behaviors of populations living in underserved communities. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he worked in the low country region of South Carolina with a local nonprofit SC Thrive to provide innovative and collaborative tools to help underserved communities efficiently access quality of life resources.

For meeting information, please contact phdl@umassmed.edu.

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Kathy Downing is the Public Health Digital Library Coordinator for the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office.

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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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