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Collaborative for Health Literacy: VCU and Richmond Public Library

Class Details

Librarians from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Community Health Education Center collaborated with the VCU Center on Health Disparities to plan, develop, and teach a series of workshops focused on improving participants’ health literacy and technology skills. The group planned to provide these health literacy workshops in the city’s East End, a historically low-income, food and resource desert.

In 2018, the group applied for and was awarded a $15000.00 NNLM SEA Health Information Outreach Award. They planned and developed six health literacy workshops – evaluating health information/finding consumer health information, mobile apps, health insurance, electronic health records, nutrition, and senior health. To increase technology skills, participants were given the opportunity to attend a thirty-minute computer basics class before each health information presentation. Each participant was given a laptop to use during the session.

Webinar participants will learn about this collaboration for health literacy and how the project was developed and implemented in Richmond city’s East End with the support of the Richmond Public Library East End Branch Library. The speaker will also provide an overview of the feedback received by participants and discuss the project’s next steps.

Dana L. Ladd Ph.D has over nineteen years of experience as a librarian. Dr. Ladd began working in the public library environment where she became interested in consumer health after managing the consumer health collection development responsibilities and the library’s cancer center website. She is currently an associate professor on the faculty at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and is the Community Health Education Center Librarian.
At the Community Health Education Center, Dr. Ladd manages the daily operations of the library, supervises and trains staff, provides consumer health information services for patients, their family members, and the public, and teaches health information classes. She also plans and coordinates health and wellness events and presentations and coordinates the center’s participation in local and community health fairs.

Dr. Ladd earned her doctorate degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her dissertation focused on the information needs and information sources of patients diagnosed with rare cancers. She received her MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee and Specialist Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina where she specialized in health sciences and consumer health information.
Ladd has an extensive record of scholarship and most notably co-authored “A Medical Library Association Guide to Diabetes Information and Resources.” The book received a Library Journal Starred review. She also authored several journal articles and a book chapter titled, “What Patients Need to Know: Information Needs and Sources of Patients with Rare Cancer” in the Textbook of Uncommon Cancer. She has presented at state, regional, and national library conferences.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Apr 11, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
April Wright, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

Class Overview

SEAside is an alternate webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) to promote educational opportunities that occur infrequently and are in addition to the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Speakers cover different topics of interest to health science librarians, health care practitioners, librarians, and other health focused groups in the region. Topics include new and updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, RML Awardee presentations on their research and outreach programs, Disaster Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many others related to health science and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. SEAside webinars are held infrequently and are based on the availability of specific speakers who may not be able to present during the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Sessions are generally held at 2PM (ET) and last an hour. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for later viewing.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is required.

Technical Briefs 

Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx:

Continuing Education

Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM SEA Past Classes typically within one week.