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Health Misinformation Webinar Series

Posted by on January 31st, 2023 Posted in: Health Misinformation
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Health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both long standing health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people.

The Health Misinformation Webinar Series from NNLM features presentations from expert guest speakers. The series will enable librarians, public health professionals, health educators, and health care providers to explore various aspects of health misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information, and learn practical and evidence-based solutions for how to identify it and help curb its spread.


After listening to the guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to do one or more of the following:

  • Understand the difference between misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information
  • Identify sources of trustworthy health information
  • Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  • Understand and explore the relationship between health information and communication
  • Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation
The first webinar in this series is “Service-Learning Projects and Misinformation for Diverse Audiences”

Well-designed service-learning projects encourage a multi-disciplinary approach that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, researchers, students, and others in all aspects of the research process. All partners contribute expertise and share in the projects decision-making and ownership. Librarian leadership and participation in service-learning projects can strengthen and scale health literacy interventions that build resilience to misinformation for diverse audiences.

In this presentation, the speaker will share strategies for developing and launching service-learning projects that promote health literacy education. She will describe her use of community-based participatory research strategies to design and deploy health literacy interventions that mitigate and protect against the infodemic and its harmful effects.

Bethany McGowan is an Associate Professor in the Libraries and School of Information Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Her teaching, research, and engagement promote health literacy education with a focus on understanding and improving health information-seeking behavior in marginalized communities. As a Purdue Service-Learning Fellow (2022) and Scholarship of Engagement Fellow (2022-23), she has developed two service-learning projects that promote information literacy education–Diplomacy Lab: Strategies for Identifying Dis/Misinformation (in partnership with the U.S. Department of State) and Leading Health Literacy Education in Central Indiana (in partnership with IU Health). Professor McGowan is also a World Health Organization-trained Infodemic Manager.

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Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi Newman (MLIS, MA) is the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist for NNLM R6 at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Guide for Libraries. She developed the popular NNLM course “Wellness in the Library Workplace.” Bobbi is a mindfulness student and a member of Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Let’s Move in Libraries. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, crafting, kayaking, biking, and gardening.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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