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Designing Comprehensive Outreach in Women's Health and Sex and Gender Differences in Health

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Title:
Designing Comprehensive Outreach in Women's Health and Sex and Gender Differences in Health
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Conference presentation
Creator:
Norton, Hannah F.
Butson, Linda C.
Edwards, Mary E.
Schaefer, Nancy
Tennant, Michele R.
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Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
Place of Publication:
Ridgeland, MS
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Objectives: The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are committed to disseminating information on sex and gender differences in health, facilitating the growth of basic research in this area, and developing a diverse clinical workforce able to recognize these differences and apply this knowledge in clinical endeavors and policy development and implementation to improve human health. Librarians at the University of Florida Health Science Center Library (HSCL) have partnered with the ORWH and the NLM to promote a greater awareness of the research opportunities in and the resources available for women’s health and sex and gender differences in health. Methods: To accomplish these objectives, HSCL librarians undertook a multi-part outreach effort funded by ORWH and NLM that included student training, faculty training, collection building, open access publishing, and new collaborations. Librarians introduced students across the university to these fields and their resources through course-integrated instruction and orientations for PhD biosciences, medical, and undergraduate students. Faculty training and professional development sessions introduced early career faculty to these issues and resources, with an expectation that this may influence their choices of research focus and raise their awareness of the importance of sex differences in patient care. To facilitate collaboration, the library hosted two “Collaborating with Strangers” workshops during which researchers participated in a series of speed meetings with interdisciplinary colleagues who share their interest in sex and gender differences or women’s health. Results: Faculty interactions, discussion of future collaborations, and student questions indicated that the project has stimulated thinking on sex and gender issues and promoted awareness of librarians as facilitators and partners. Conclusions: Leveraging librarians’ existing connections across the Academic Health Center and librarians’ respected role as experts in health information, the library developed a comprehensive outreach program to facilitate the growth of basic and clinical research in the area of sex and gender differences and women’s health.
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Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Hannah Norton.
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University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
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Material Information

Title:
Designing Comprehensive Outreach in Women's Health and Sex and Gender Differences in Health
Physical Description:
Conference presentation
Creator:
Norton, Hannah F.
Butson, Linda C.
Edwards, Mary E.
Schaefer, Nancy
Tennant, Michele R.
Publisher:
Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
Place of Publication:
Ridgeland, MS
Publication Date:

Notes

Abstract:
Objectives: The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are committed to disseminating information on sex and gender differences in health, facilitating the growth of basic research in this area, and developing a diverse clinical workforce able to recognize these differences and apply this knowledge in clinical endeavors and policy development and implementation to improve human health. Librarians at the University of Florida Health Science Center Library (HSCL) have partnered with the ORWH and the NLM to promote a greater awareness of the research opportunities in and the resources available for women’s health and sex and gender differences in health. Methods: To accomplish these objectives, HSCL librarians undertook a multi-part outreach effort funded by ORWH and NLM that included student training, faculty training, collection building, open access publishing, and new collaborations. Librarians introduced students across the university to these fields and their resources through course-integrated instruction and orientations for PhD biosciences, medical, and undergraduate students. Faculty training and professional development sessions introduced early career faculty to these issues and resources, with an expectation that this may influence their choices of research focus and raise their awareness of the importance of sex differences in patient care. To facilitate collaboration, the library hosted two “Collaborating with Strangers” workshops during which researchers participated in a series of speed meetings with interdisciplinary colleagues who share their interest in sex and gender differences or women’s health. Results: Faculty interactions, discussion of future collaborations, and student questions indicated that the project has stimulated thinking on sex and gender issues and promoted awareness of librarians as facilitators and partners. Conclusions: Leveraging librarians’ existing connections across the Academic Health Center and librarians’ respected role as experts in health information, the library developed a comprehensive outreach program to facilitate the growth of basic and clinical research in the area of sex and gender differences and women’s health.
Acquisition:
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Hannah Norton.
Publication Status:
Unpublished

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:

This item is licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution License. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work, even commercially, as long as they credit the author for the original creation.
System ID:
IR00003518:00001


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Hannah F. Norton, Linda C. Butson, Mary E. Edwards, Nancy Schaefer, Michele R. Tennant* University of Florida Health Science Center Library*and UF Genetics Institute Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pablito_ garza/8580918345/sizes/c/in/photostream/

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Historically, differences in disease presentation, drug response, and other health outcomes between women and men has not been researched in depth. Project Goals: • Facilitate the growth of basic research in sex and gender differences • Help develop a diverse clinical workforce able to recognize sex and gender differences and apply this knowledge in clinical care

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• Student training • Faculty training and professional development • Collection building • Open access publishing • Facilitating collaboration • Information dissemination through resource guides • Sharing project results

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• Student training • Faculty training and professional development • Collection building • Open access publishing • Facilitating collaboration • Information dissemination through resource guides • Sharing project results

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• Second year medical students • Undergraduates minoring in Health Disparities in Society • Undergraduate genetics students • Graduate students and early career faculty through Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research course • Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Science PhD students • Genetics & Genomics graduate students

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• Second year medical students were introduced to the Women’s Health Portal and gender differences in giving and receiving bad news. • They used in this information in their delivery of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis to simulated patients.

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• 11 day intensive course for junior faculty and graduate students, run by UF’s CTSI • Small groups– Work throughout course to develop a research proposal, each year on a different theme – This year’s theme: women’s health/sex and gender differences in health – Each group has a faculty leader, biostatistician, and librarian

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• Part of CoLABPlanning Series, invented by Bess de Farber, UF Libraries’ grants manager, and attended by 1,690 individuals over 10 years • One on one “speed meetings” • Focus on mining hidden assets: passions, skills, and resources

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0246810 Librarian Other Undergraduate student Graduate student Post Doc Faculty Number of Attendees April 30 Sept 10 Total = 37 attendees

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• Health disparities faculty:“Thanks so much for your time and information this morning. I will be using the [Women’s Health Portal] throughout the rest of this class to add more information about women’s health.”• CoLABparticipants:– “Met possible mentors, people who can help with resources and idea generation.” – “Seeing potential collaborators across very disparate fields and in unexpected places.” – “I talked to people I wouldn’t ordinarily speak with. There were people I would have been intimidated to speak with outside this setting.

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• Liaison librarians with strong professional relationships with clients are well positioned to partner with these clients in outreach projects. • Once a diverse team of librarians and clients is established, attracting new client collaborators can be accomplished through strategy and word of mouth. • Librarians can host events such as CoLABsto facilitate collaboration and synergy among individuals from diverse campus units.

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Thank you to: • Our many faculty collaborators on campus • The National Library of Medicine and NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract# HHS N 316 2012 00028 W This presentation is available for re use under a creative commons attribution license.