Margie Sheppard, BSN, MLS

Community Engagement Coordinator - NNLM Region 3, Region 3

Margie Sheppard is the Community Engagement Coordinator for NNLM Region 3. She is based out of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Prior to joining NNLM she was a technology consultant for a public library system in rural Kansas. She has an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Master's in Library Science. She teaches a variety of classes for NNLM and has a passion for connecting people with reliable health information resources.

Classes I Teach

Event Title Summary
Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research This 3-week, 4 credit-hour self-paced online class is designed for library staff who support, or want to support, nursing and allied health professionals with NLM resources. This class runs Nov 1-22, 2021.
Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research (Oct 31-Nov 18, 2022) This 3-week, 4 credit-hour self-paced online class is designed for library staff who support, or want to support, nursing and allied health professionals with NLM resources.
Employing Community Wellness Liaisons to Create More Inclusive Public Libraries Lack of access to reliable health information contributes to pervasive racial and ethnic health disparities.  Public library resources and programs are one way for communities to gain access to health information. However, individuals from diverse communites are often unaware of services or feel unwelcome. Learn how Community Wellness Liasions as library employees can convey health information to medically underrepresented communities.
Farming for Public Health: Thinking Upstream Approximately 50 million pounds of pesticides are applied to corn and beans in Iowa annually.  As troubles of escalating pesticide use in Iowa and the Midwest are becoming more visible (weed resistance, pesticide drift, crop damage, etc.), there is a paucity of easily accessible informational resources for Iowans about the environmental and public health impacts of pesticides in our state. Furthermore, the system of agriculture that relies so heavily on synthetic chemical inputs has many other implications on ecological sustainability that ultimately impact human health. This presentation will help attendees think critically about the downstream implications of current agricultural practices in the Midwest and their impacts on human and environmental health. 
How PubMed Works: Introduction This 90-minute introduction class provide an overview of PubMed features, how to find articles by a specific author and articles on a specific subject. The class also explores the Advanced Search Builder and Search History and more.
Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation and a story of Diné resilience The Navajo Nation is fraught with infrastructural inadequacies and health disparities that were a set-up for such spread and devastation at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health inequities that exist on the Navajo Nation are plenty and posed many barriers to quick, safe and effective quarantining, isolation and recovery. However, throughout the pandemic, the Navajo Nation has kept its spirits up and worked together to overcome and move forward. Dr. Calderon will tell the Diné story of resilience through this pandemic.
The Role of Indoor Environmental Hazards on the Health of Children There is a direct relationship between our environments and our health. Our knowledge about the role of indoor exposures and human health has grown exponentially in the past 50 years. Children, because of their developmental status, are uniquely susceptible to certain chemical exposures, many of which are anthropogenic. This presentation will provide a case example of a multidisciplinary approach designed to explore, identify, and address some of these exposures, particularly the ones known to have adverse health effects in order to improve child health in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Contact Information

913-588-7319