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ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

Class Details

Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Libraries have a role in providing reliable health information resources so patrons can be more knowledgeable about health conditions that may have a genetic factor as well as be better informed about the role of genetics in their health and its effect on society.

This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Details and Requirements:
Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

More information about starting the class will be emailed to registered attendees by Thursday, October 15.

This is an asynchronous online course using the Moodle Learning Management System. Each week's materials will be accessible every Monday and will take about 2 hours to complete. For this class you will need to have access to the internet and a laptop or desktop computer. Additionally, it is recommended to have the latest version of your preferred browser.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Oct 19, 2020 to Nov 15, 2020
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Genetics is increasingly becoming a factor in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases as well as frequently seen in headline news. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information associated with their health. The class will cover genomic health literacy and provide reliable resources regarding health conditions with a genetic component, privacy, genetic testing, and precision medicine. This class is intended for public library staff, health science librarians and those working in organizations who work with the public.

Learning objectives include:

  • Explore the importance of genomic health literacy
  • Explore direct-to-consumer genetic testing and discuss benefits and concerns as they relate to individuals and families
  • Synthesize genomic health information to design an opportunity to support community awareness, education and knowledge about genetics and health
  • Review genetic health information resources and process scenarios using resources to support community needs/questions
  • Identify significant ethical, privacy, security, and social issues associated with genomic discoveries and create an obtainable activity for libraries to build community awareness around those issues

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 (in person) and 8 hours (online) contact hours of CE credit.
This will be offered via the Moodle platform.