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Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities

Class Details

Description: Consumer Health Information Justice (CHIJ) is an emerging area of both consumer health information behavior research and information professional practice. Individuals and communities who experience various forms of social injustice, such as poverty, limited education, and insufficient health insurance, along with the limited access to resources and opportunities that tend to come along with these injustices, are significantly more likely to fall ill, become injured, and to die prematurely. Health injustice is rampant across our nation and evidence of health disparities abounds. However, information professionals and information have tremendous potential to help to reduce these disparities and move us closer to health justice.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); an inability to act on information; etc. To conclude the webinar, we will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Presenter: Beth St. Jean, PhD, MLIS is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies (https://ischool.umd.edu/) and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy (http://sph.umd.edu/center/hchl) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Beth teaches courses related to information behavior, reference librarianship, consumer health informatics, and research methods. Beth’s research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors. Working with her colleague, Mega Subramaniam, Beth helped to develop the NLM-funded HackHealth after-school program (http://hackhealth.umd.edu/) to help improve disadvantaged middle school students’ health-related self-efficacy and their digital health literacy skills. Beth’s most current research focuses on the concept of consumer health information justice (CHIJ), particularly aiming to identify the information-related causes of, and potential solutions to, health disparities.

Friday, November 15, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Region/Office: National
Nov 15, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Class Overview

SEAside is an alternate webinar series from the Network of the National Library 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.

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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.