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Enhance Your Public Health Searching Skills

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Public health practice depends on quality information but there isn't a lot of time for busy practitioners to find what they need and put it to use. This webinar will share resources and strategies from three public health-trained librarians to help you optimize the time you spend searching so you can focus on sharing what you find with your clients and colleagues. Through examples of diverse questions, we will suggest efficient and quality health information sources, as well as strategies to address technical challenges with terminology, a lack of useful evidence, and limitations to access to journal articles and other content for professional audiences.

Learning Outcome #1: Describe efficient approaches to retrieving public health content from free online resources.

Learning Outcome #2: Explain gaps in discoverability due to terminology differences between public health practitioners and content producers, and suggest opportunities to improve this by collaboration between public health and librarians.

Learning Outcome #3: Identify ways to share published information within your community of practice and the communities you serve.


Kristine Alpi, MLS, MPH, PhD, AHIP-D

As University Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Kristine Alpi strives to advance the effective and ethical use of information in support of education, research, and health at all levels from local to global. After earning her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education from Hunter College, City University of New York, she directed the Public Health Library of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene from 2002-2005 and published a widely-cited paper on Expert Searching in Public Health. She has taught and provided searching and reference services in public, hospital, academic health center, public health and veterinary medical libraries, and applies her PhD in Educational Research and Policy Analysis to advancing knowledge sharing.

Tova Johnson, MPH, MA, MLIS

Tova Johnson is a Health Sciences Librarian at OHSU where she plans, promotes, and provides information services to the faculty, staff, researchers, and students at OHSU, as well as community users of the OHSU Library. She provides reference, instruction, and educational programs in one-on-one and group settings. Her areas of interest include critical librarianship and critical information literacy; diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries; and health equity. She obtained her MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University.

Laura Zeigen, MA, MLIS, MPH, AHIP

Laura Zeigen is a Health Sciences Education and Research Librarian at OHSU where she cultivates relationships and builds partnerships with OHSU faculty and research staff in order to support the curriculum and research productivity. She does this through providing instruction in the effective searching, critical analysis and management of biomedical information and the use of library content and services. Her areas of interest include social determinants of health, health equity, evidence-based practice, and adult learning. She obtained her MPH in Health Policy and Management from Portland State University (PSU) and holds a secondary faculty appointment in what is now the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

11:00 AM Pacific Time
12:00 PM Mountain Time
1:00 PM Central Time
2:00 PM Eastern Time

Continuing Education:

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 0.75 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level continuing education hours are 0.

Please note: to claim CHES CECH, a participant must log in to the session using the Zoom link provided upon registration. In addition, you may only receive CHES CECH for this session if you have not previously received credit for attending this course or watching the recording of this course.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
11:00am - 11:45am
Region/Office: National
Mar 10, 2021
11:00AM - 11:45AM PT
Nora Barnett, MSLIS, AHIP, Outreach Specialist

In this series of webinars, NNLM will host a guest speaker to discuss a health information topic relevant to the public health workforce. Held on the second Wednesday of every other month at 2:00pm EST, these 45 minute sessions aim to provide the public health workforce with new resources, skills to locate high quality health information or knowledge of health information topics.