Webinar: From Beyond our Borders: Providing Health Information Outreach to Immigrant and Refugee Populations.

By Kimberly Bloedel posted 09-05-2019 12:04


Take advantage of Special Libraries Association's Education Division free Inside Byte's webinar

Title: From Beyond our Borders: Providing Health Information Outreach to Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Speaker: Derek Johnson, Health Professionals Outreach Librarian Specialist for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region

Moderator: Dr. Lesley Farmer, CSULB Professor of Library Media

Date: September13, 2019 1:30 PM EST.

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As a home to more than 43 million immigrants and 3 million refugees, the United States serves as a country of many races, classes, ethnicities and abilities. For individuals whose native language is not English, or who have recently relocated to the United States, many barriers exist in adjusting to a new country. Cultural differences, low literacy levels, language, and healthcare are just some of the challenges these individuals must overcome. This one-hour webinar will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We'll touch briefly on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, we'll review the CDC's Refugee Health Profiles and the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe the current population of immigrants, refugees, and Asylees in the United States

• Identify three free online resources that can be used to enhance cross-cultural communication

Kim Bloedel
Chair, Education Division

University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa