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COVID-19: Health Literacy and Misinformation in the LatinX Community

Class Details

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the spread of misinformation to the general public. This is even more prevalent in underserved and diverse populations where low health literacy skills and unique health information needs play a part in making people in these groups more vulnerable to predatory practices. This webinar will focus on the LatinX community and how misinformation about COVID-19 affects its members.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

• Examine the health information needs of the LatinX community
• Assess the unique aspects of misinformation in the LatinX community
• Describe the characteristics of effective COVID-19 health information online resources for the LatinX community

Speaker Information:

Brenda Linares, MLIS, MBA, AHIP, currently works at KUMC’s Dykes Library as the School of Nursing librarian. She has been a medical librarian for more than 12 years. In her current job as a Health Sciences Librarian to the School of Nursing, she has helped co-teach a Health Literacy class (NURS 327) with three other Nursing Faculty where the focus is on the importance of evidence-based information, research, communication, and cultural humility. She has also received grants to collaborate and work on outreach projects to promote patient and consumer health education resources. She has worked with diverse populations promoting health literacy and consumer health education. She is currently a PI in an outreach project with the director of JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health to promote credible health information. The project involves partnering with Spanish-speaking professionals to record Spanish podcasts on health topics relevant to the LatinX community. Her interests include outreach, consumer health, instruction and technology, health literacy, patient education and evidence-based research. She holds a BS in Finance from California State University Northridge (CSUN), a Masters in Library Science from University of California (UCLA), and a Masters in Business Administration from North Carolina State University (NCSU).

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 31, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM CT
Margie Sheppard, MLS, Technology Coordinator - Kansas
Continuing Education Credits: 

Online health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both longstanding health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the internet at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people. This series brings expert speakers to discuss various aspects of online health misinformation, how to identify it, and how to help curb its spread.


By listening to a guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to :

  1. Identify aspects of misinformation and its effect on online health information
  2. Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  3. Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation in online environments