Free Webinar TODAY June 9, 2021 @ 10am – Establishing Partnerships between Librarians and Community Health Workers to Promote LGBTQIA+ Health (Sponsored by NNLM Region 3)


The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 3, housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library, would like to invite you to join us for the next session of our monthly webinar series. SCR CONNECTions is a monthly 1 hour series that focuses on topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty, and information professionals.

Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link above. No registration is required, and the session is free to any interested parties.

Webinar Description: This presentation will overview a unique model for LGBTQIA+ health promotion that partners medical librarians with community health workers (CHWs) to facilitate information creation, seeking, use, and sharing within LGBTQIA+ communities. The project is a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina iSchool and the Arnold School of Public Health’s Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA). It is funded by an IMLS National Leadership grant.

Presenter Descriptions:

-Vanessa Kitzie, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (with a focus on information marginalization), gender and sexuality studies, and social justice and diversity in librarianship. She is a recipient of IMLS Early Career Development (2018) and ALA Diversity (2019) grants.

-Dom Francis, MPH, is the Training Coordinator for the Center for Community Health Alignment within the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. He brings to the table over four years of nuanced public health experience in areas including fitness, qualitative evaluation, and workforce development. As the Training Coordinator, Dom’s primary role is to develop curricula and facilitate training for the Center’s anchor initiative, the CHW Institute. Dom also serves as an active member of the South Carolina CHW Association and is a part of its Annual Conference Subcommittee.

-Nick Vera, MLIS, is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include understanding health and information behaviors of populations living in underserved communities. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he worked in the low country region of South Carolina with a local nonprofit SC Thrive to provide innovative and collaborative tools to help underserved communities efficiently access quality of life resources.