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Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

Posted by on March 15th, 2021 Posted in: News from NNLM
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We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

What is the Symposium about?  Graphic with blue gradient background and faded white outline of a coronavirus. NNLM icon at top. Text reads ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic. A Virtual Symposium. April 8-9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority 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 is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. We are excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elisabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

There will also be paper sessions, panels, and a networking space; more information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alaska Time / 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on our symposium website.

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check our website soon for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Carolyn Martin is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM Region 5. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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