Program Session

Environmental Health: Addressing Health Disparities at the Source

Tuesday, May 30
3:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Room: 603

Objectives: Illness is clearly impacted by the social and environmental forces which surround patients in their communities. A review of the literature finds that zip codes can determine one’s health as much as their genetic code. Some of these factors that play key roles in health inequities are increased presence of environmental toxins, as well as location-related poverty, racism, violence, and lack of access to nutrition, medical care, education and recreation. Despite improvements in access to care, health disparities still exist for racial and ethnic minorities. This session will consist of four interconnected presentations. A health professional will begin the session with an introduction to Environmental and Health Equity. Then, we will use the issue of lead in urban neighborhoods as a case study to examine health effects, injustice, and the importance of high quality information. We will use relevant information resources to find the evidence and support environmental health and social justice initiatives. We will end the session talking about avenues for outreach, including relevant health professions, disciplines and community-based organizations.

Keywords: evidence-based public heath practice
environmental health
social justice
health disparities
consumer health



Program Session

Kate Flewelling

Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Kate Flewelling is the Executive Director at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. In her position, Flewelling is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region, including outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits and other types of public programs. From 2011-2016, she coordinated outreach to health professionals in the Middle Atlantic Region. She is past Chair of the Relevant Issues Section.

Flewelling received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 and was a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow from 2007-2009. For the second year of her fellowship, Flewelling was at Inova Fairfax Hospital, a large teaching hospital in northern Virginia. Before joining the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Flewelling was coordinator of instruction, a reference librarian, and the liaison to public health and emergency medicine at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

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James Anderson

Physician Assistant
Evergreen Treatment Services
Seattle, WA

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Linda Hasman

CTSI Liaison Librarian
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

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Laura Bartlett

Technical Information Specialist
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Laura Bartlett is technical information specialist, Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine, US National Institutes of Health.

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