Improving Health & Mental Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter
The main focus of this program, to be held on December 5, 2017, is health and mental health literacy in diverse communities. There will be presentations from various library representatives including at least one from the National Library of Medicine-Mid Atlantic Region. The specific agenda thus far includes the following: * Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her keynote will address the importance of clear messaging to diverse audiences. * Plenary Panel * 3 speakers that will address the four goals of the conference with at least one speaker from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM/MAR), University of Pittsburgh, Kate Flewelling, MLIS, Executive Director. Ms. Flewelling will speak on the work of NNLM and the resources available from NLM and NIH. * 8 Workshops will be offered, each focusing on health, behavioral health, and/or disabilities. These workshops will incorporate a variety of resources that will be relevant to nurses, social workers, mental and behavioral health care practitioners, other health care professionals, parents of special needs children, librarians and library staff, and individuals looking for information on health literacy and ways to partner with agencies/organizations offering such programs.