April Wright, MLS

Outreach Librarian, Environmental Health & Justice, Region 1

April Wright is Outreach Librarian in Environmental Health & Justice with the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). She joined NNLM in 2018 as an NNLM/All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. April earned her BA in English from Morgan State University and MLS from The Catholic University of America. She has worked both in and on behalf of a variety of libraries during the course of her career. Her background includes public libraries management, programming and outreach, and grants management. She is interested in environmental justice and addressing social determinants of health through citizen/community science and community-engaged research.

Classes I Teach

Event Title Summary
Commercial Determinants of Health: Tobacco Use This 1 hour webinar is part of the Public Health Webinar series.
One Page, One Mind: Creating a One Page Plan to Promote a Coordinated Response to a Disaster The purpose of the webinar is to introduce attendees to the benefits of having a one page disaster plan, which contains information such as the duties of an emergency response coordinator, critical contact information, communications and continuity of operations plans, a succinct list of response procedures, and a relocation strategy.
Queering Environmental Justice We hope you will join us on Tuesday June 14, 2022, 2pm ET for another Chat & Brew.

In observance of Pride month, NNLM Region 1, UMB HSHSL DEI Committee and the MAC MLA Diversity and Inclusion Committee have come together again to offer another journal club where we will discuss Queering Environmental Justice: Unequal Environmental Health Burden on the LGBTQ+ Community.

This article highlights that there is insufficient research on health disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals due to environmental exposures and disasters. The authors provide linkages between health outcomes, social determinants of health and environmental exposures taking into account intersectionality within LGBTQ+ communities and provide recommendations for collecting more robust data so more comprehensive research may be done.

Goldsmith L, Bell ML. Queering Environmental Justice: Unequal Environmental Health Burden on the LGBTQ+ Community. American Journal of Public Health. 2022;112(1):79-87. doi:10.2105/ajph.2021.306406

At the end of this discussion, participants will be able to:
• Define environmental justice (EJ)
• Discuss ways libraries/librarians can contribute to environmental health & justice research

The questions

Where do you see libraries and/or librarians contributing to any of the recommendations proposed by the authors?
What is the role of academic/medical librarians (MLA? Individual institutions? Librarians as a profession?) in addressing gaps in environmental research and data especially as it pertains to specific populations?

We look forward to seeing you!

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