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Health Literacy in an Academic Environment

Class Details

Description: The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy.

This webinar focuses on identifying stakeholders, liability, goal setting and content creation. The webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

Presenter bio: Semhar Yohannes has been serving as a Science Reference and Instruction Librarian for nearly a decade. Following her graduation from the LIS program from the University of Maryland, College Park, she worked as the Science Librarian at Capitol Technology University, developing their information literacy program. In her current role at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), she teaches library instruction sessions, conducts reference consultations, and has developed workshops and other outreach initiatives with a strong focus on health literacy. In 2018, she obtained her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration on health literacy in young adults.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Region/Office: National
Mar 17, 2020
1:00PM - 2:00PM ET
Jarrod Irwin, MA, Consumer Health Coordinator

Class Overview

Beyond the SEA is a webinar series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM SEA). 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 and Emergency Preparedness Information Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many other topics related to health sciences and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. 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 YouTube channel usually within one week.