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Social Determinants of Environmental Health Webinar Series

Posted by on January 18th, 2024 Posted in: Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Literacy, News from NNLM, News from NNLM Region 5, Public Health, Training & Education
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One of the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s initiatives is Environmental Determinants of Health.  Environmental factors can have a big impact on human health and especially for populations that have been historically and currently underserved.

Staff from across the NNLM have planned a series of webinars focusing on environmental health, specifically the social determinants of health.

The series has 9 individual webinar sessions scheduled from March 5 – April 2, 2024 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 12:00 p.m. PT. Please note, when you register and are logged into NNLM, you should see the starting time of each session in your time zone.

A connected graph shows icons representing built environment, weather, transportation, chemicals, food, and other environmental and social factors, all linked together with an icon representing a family as the focal point. Also included is the text “Social Determinants of Environmental Health Webinar Series, March 5 - April 2, 2024, NNLM.GOV/SDOEH24 #SDOEH” and the NNLM logo.

Each session is 1.5 hours long and will include the guest speaker(s) presentation, a Q&A time, and an additional activity to further reflect, discuss, or do. This additional time is also your chance to go beyond just the presentation.

The webinar series also has an accompanying guide with information about the speaker, the topic, and related NNLM, NLM, NIH, or other organization or association resources for you to peruse and consider offering to your communities.

Each session offers 1.5 Medical Library Association CE credits for attending. Some sessions are also eligible for CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) and some are eligible for CHES (Certified Health Education Specialists). The registration webpages indicate if the session offers CHES and/or CHIS credits.

The series includes a variety of topics within the broader scope of environmental health with sessions to be inclusive of a wide audience including public health, libraries,

Listed below are the session dates, titles, and presenters:

March 5
Environmental Health Literacy: An Engaged Framework for Understanding and Action

Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky

March 6
Counting Every Death When Every Death Counts: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Hurricane Michael Excess Mortality

Blake Scott, PhD, MPH, College of Public Health at the University of South Florida

March 12
Blue Marble Librarians: Libraries Helping Their Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather and Foster Socially and Ecologically Conscious Culture

Michelle Eberle, Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System
Madeleine Charney, librarian at UMass Amherst Libraries
Gabrielle Griffis, youth services librarian at Brewster Ladies’ Library
Corey Farrenkopf, staff librarian at Eastham Public Library

March 13
Understanding Environmental Health: A Social-Ecological Model

Dr. Laundette Jones, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

March 19
Climate Change and Health in Alaska: Addressing Inequities and Building Resilience

Sarah Yoder, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)

March 20
Social and Economic Determinants and Environmental Health

Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health

March 26
PFAS and Environment Health: Information and Tools for Public Health Practitioners and Information Specialists

Dr. Julia Varshavsky, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Northeastern University
Dr. Alissa Cordner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Paul Garrett Fellow at Whitman College

March 27
Advancing Climate Resilience, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice: A Public and Academic Libraries Partnership in San Diego County

Oscar Gittemeier, San Diego Public Library
Cecilia Salgado,  Adult Services Manager at San Diego County Library
Sarah Tribelhorn, Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University

April 2
Citizen Science Empowers Environmental Understanding through Libraries, Community-Based Organizations, and More

Emma Giles, manager of outreach and programs at SciStarter
Caroline Nickerson, advisor at SciStarter

Each session will be recorded and be available both on the accompanying guide (coming soon) and on the NNLM YouTube channel.

We hope you can join us as we explore, learn, and engage about this important health topic together.

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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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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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