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Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations

Class Details

Overview: This one-hour webinar will address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. Join us to learn about methods to improve health literacy, address information access issues, and review reliable health information resources, including those from the National Library of Medicine.

At the conclusion of the webinar participants will be able to:

1. Identify health information needs of immigrant populations.
2. Discover reliable, open access resources to support patient-provider communication.
3. Develop a strategy for organizing and distributing resources to support consumer health.

Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies

Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian
Emerging Technologies & Collections, Los Angeles Public Library

Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian
Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region


Presentation Slides

Answers to Midday Chatbox Questions

  1. How do you assess the health profile? by surveys or other methods? Also where do you post the surveys?
    The health profiles were built from a combination of sources. We hosted focus groups ar multiple library locations, a survey completed by librarians and clerical workers, and collection and analysis of health-related circ at libraries. Additionally, secondary data was gathered through research of existing published reports on health and health-related indicators of well being for the City of Los Angeles. Sources of such reports include LA County Department of Public Health, LA City Department of Planning, Southern California Association of Governments, California Healthcare Foundation, USC, The City Project, UCLA, Kaiser, etc.
  2. You mentioned mental health programs that people can come to the library to ask for help. How successful was it?
    This is a partnership established with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Through this partnership, different social workers visited the libraries to assess the level of need for mental health services at our facilities. This was strictly related to homeless patrons. Out of this, the program called The Source was born, where individuals were connected to not only Mental Health resources but other local resources to assist them as well. We do not currently have Social Workers or other staff offering mental health assistance. The Source has been extremely successful.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Region/Office: National
Oct 16, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM PT
Nora Franco, MSIS, Consumer Health Librarian
Zoe Pettway Unno, Ph.D., MLIS, Education and Outreach Librarian

Class Overview

Midday at the Oasis is a webinar series hosted by PSR on various topics of interest such as NLM resources, new trends in health care and librarianship, data management and other topics. Visit the Midday at the Oasis YouTube Playlist for a full list of past presentations!  

Date: Third Wednesday every other month
Time: 1-2PM (Pacific) | 2-3PM (Arizona) | 2-3PM (Mountain) | 3-4PM (Central) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-12PM (Hawaii) | 7-8AM Thursday (Guam)