Community-based organizations' perspective on health information outreach: a panel discussion

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College University Libraries
Department Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Creator Hamasu, Claire
Other Author Dutcher, Gale A.
Title Community-based organizations' perspective on health information outreach: a panel discussion
Date 2005-05
Description A panel was convened to elicit guidance for librarians in initiating and implementing community-based health information outreach. Participants included a panel of individuals from communities or community organizations who represented the types of groups with which librarians or information specialists need to interact and an audience who represented health sciences libraries, public libraries, academic institutions, government agencies, funding agencies, and community-based organizations and could contribute to a discussion on community-based health information outreach. The panel was presented with a hypothetical community setting and asked to respond to a series of questions: What do librarians need to learn about the community before they make their visits? What methods of outreach have been successful in your work? How would you implement and sustain a health information program in your community? How would health information interventions reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health? The panel helped to frame many of the issues that may confront librarians as they initiate information-related programs in communities. There is clear consensus on the need for librarians to make the effort to reach out into the community, to make the contacts, to seek to understand the community, to talk with leaders, and to respect the community as they promote and teach the use of health information resources. It was confirmed that librarians and libraries have an important role in diminishing health disparities by improving access to health information.
Type Text
Publisher Medical Library Association
Volume 93
Issue 4
First Page 35
Last Page 42
Subject National Library of Medicine (U.S.); NN/LM; RML; National Network of Libraries of Medicine; Regional Medical Libraries; Consumer Health Information; Outreach; Community-based Organziations
Subject MESH Libraries, Medical; Library Administration; Public Health
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Dutcher, G. A., & Hamasu, C. (2005). Community-Based Organizations' Perspective on Health Information Outreach: A Panel Discussion. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93(4), S35-S42. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from
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Date Modified 2012-06-13
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