ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society. A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference, ClinicalTrials.gov, NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), and MedlinePlus. This 4-hour hands-on class is intended for consumers, public librarians, and health sciences librarians who work with the public. This class is also offered online.
Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours (8 hours online) of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be delivered through the mail at a later date.
Greater Midwest Region
Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1(312)996-2464
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado, 1(303)724-2110
Middle Atlantic Region
Carrie Iwema, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology, University of Pittsburgh, Teaching for NN/LM MAR, email@example.com
Pacific Northwest Region
Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, 206-221-3449
Pacific Southwest Region
Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, 1(310)825-5389, 1(310)825-1984
Lori Tagawa, Community Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-825-5389, 310-794-6572
South Central Region
Karen Vargas, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, email@example.com, 1(713)799-7880
Southeastern Atlantic Region
Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, 1(410)706-0099, 1(410)706-2855
Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, 1(410)706-0099, 1(410)706-2855
Terri Ottosen is the Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region.