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Cheryl Rowan

Consumer Health Coordinator

Start date: 2011-10-13

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
South Central Region
HAM TMC Library 1133 John Freeman Blvd.Houston, TX, 77030-2809

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Master of Science, Library Science, University of North Texas, May 2009

Medical Technology Certification, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL, July 1979

Bachelor of Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, May 1978

Experience

Consumer Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library
Houston, Texas
December 2012 to present

  • Use a variety of strategies to generate interest in the consumer health information services provided by the NN/LM
  • Develop, publicize, and provide consumer health information support materials to librarians, consumers, and healthcare professionals
  • Train librarians, consumers, and healthcare professionals on NLM databases
  • Develop relationships with libraries and consumer health agencies offering consumer health services
  • Develop programs to promote MedlinePlus and other NLM consumer resources
  • Contact libraries and consumer health organizations to introduce consumer health services
  • Develop course curriculum, content, and materials
  • Coordinate NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Advisory Committee meetings
  • Other duties as needed

Public Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library
Houston, Texas
June 2009 to December 2012

  • Coordinated regional public health information program
  • Trained librarians, consumers, and healthcare professionals
  • Developed relationships with network members
  • Coordinated national and regional exhibits
  • Coordinated Health Information Literacy (HIL) program for the Region
  • Coordinated Health Disparities program for the Region
  • Coordinated Refugee Health Information program for the Region
  • Developed course curriculum, content, and materials
  • Exhibited at conferences and meetings
  • Collaborated with NN/LM SCR staff on coordination and oversight of regional subcontracts and funding opportunities

Information Services Assistant

Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library
Houston, Texas
September 2008 to June 2009

  • Provide support to Information Services Department, including staffing of Reference Desk, online chat reference, and e-mail reference
  • Utilize Library website, online catalog, and databases (including NLM databases) to assist patrons with reference questions

Student Coordinator

Houston Program, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science
Houston and Denton, Texas
September 2007 to November 2008

  • Serve as liaison between UNT faculty and staff, UNT Houston Program students, and Houston Library and Information Student Association (LISSA)
  • Recruit potential students for UNT Houston Program
  • Assist with face-to-face UNT Houston course components

Library Aide/Paraeducator

Humble Independent School District
Hidden Hollow Elementary School
Kingwood, Texas
August 2006 to March 2007

  • Aide to elementary school librarian and classroom teacher

Library Circulation Clerk

Midland County Public Library
Midland, Texas
August 2000 to June 2005

  • Circulation desk clerk at main and branch libraries

Library Aide/Accelerated Reader Coordinator

Midland Independent School District
Travis Elementary School
Midland, Texas
August 1997 to May 2000

  • Coordinator of elementary school Accelerated Reader program
  • Aide to school librarian

Staff Medical Technologist/Microbiologist

Mesa General Hospital, Mesa, Arizona
Humana Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Clinic, Denver, Colorado
August 1979 to November 1984

  • Staff medical technologist in all laboratory departments, including microbiology
  • Head of microbiology department
  • Assistant chief medical technologist

Teaching Experience

"10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
April 2011 to present

"Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
September 2009 to present

"Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
February 2012 to present

"Easy-to-Read Health and Wellness Material for Consumers: recognizing it, finding it, writing it, rewriting it" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
January 2010 to present
February 2010 assumed MLA ownership for ongoing development; modified name to "Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials"

"From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations" (Developer and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
November 2011 to present

"Getting Started with Information Outreach in Minority Communities" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
February 2012 to present

"Health Statistics on the Web: It's as Easy as ... 1, 2, 3!" (Developer and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
January 2010 to present

“Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources” (Developer and Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
January 2013 to present

"Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
February 2010 to present

"Public Health Information on the Web" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
December 2009 to present

"Super Searcher" (Instructor) National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (AR, LA, OK, NM, TX)
July 2009 to present

Presentations

"Addressing Health Literacy: Problem & Prescription"
Presented at the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Little Rock, AR, January 26, 2012

"Library Search Techniques for Health Improvement"
Presented at the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Little Rock, AR, January 26, 2012

"Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations"
Presented at the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Little Rock, AR, January 26, 2012

"Health Literacy: Strategies for Clear Health Communications with Patients"
Presented at the Community Health Centers of Arkansas Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR, June 21, 2012

"Tips and Tricks for Effective Written Messages"
Presented at the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, Norman, OK, September 27, 2012

"Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations"
Presented at the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, Norman, OK, September 27, 2012

"From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations"
Presented as a pre-conference session at the Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Diverse Populations, Oakland, CA, March 11, 2013

"Health Resources for Your Diverse Community"
Presented at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, April 27, 2013

"Barriers to Serving the Health Information Needs of Diverse Communities"
Presented as part of the panel "Different Strokes: Serving the Health Information Needs of a Diverse Community" at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 30, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Library Association member, 2008 to present
  • Medical Library Association member, 2008 to present
  • Texas Library Association member, 2008 to present
  • South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association member, 2009 to present
    Bylaws Committee 2009 to present
  • American Public Health Association member, 2009 to present
  • Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas Public Health Associations member, 2009 to December 2012
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists member, 1979 to 2009

Awards

  • Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2012, March 2012
  • Beta Phi Mu Inductee, May 2009
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Promoting Health Information Outreach for Library Students Award, October 2008