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MLA ’19 Featured Speakers

Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer: Nadya Okamoto

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

okamoto headshot_cropped.jpgThe Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lectureship was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between MLA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Lecturers are chosen for their ability to discuss subjects related to biomedical communications. The lecture is presented every other year at NLM and in alternating years at the association’s annual meeting.

Nadya Okamoto is a social entrepreneur and activist, known as the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement. PERIOD is a global, youth-run nonprofit that aims to achieve gender equality and equity through education, health care, employment and economic mobility, and representation in politics and decision-making. Her association is one of the fastest growing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in health care in the United States. She founded the organization four years ago, when she was just sixteen.

Okamoto will share her thoughts on access to health information in underserved communities, health literacy, health disparities, gender identity, volunteer engagement, and the Gen-Z perspective as well as the role of NGOs such as hers in providing health information and how it connects trusted health information to a broad audience.

Stay tuned for more programming announcements and information on additional speakers.


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