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May 2019
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MLA ’19 Featured Speakers

Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Welcome, Awards, and Presidential Address

BeverlyMurphy.gifBeverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, is the assistant director for communications and web content management at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives, Durham, NC, and the hospital nursing liaison for the Duke Health System and Watts School of Nursing.

As 2018/19 MLA president, she has led MLA during a time of growth and change, inspired us with her optimism and energy, and challenged us to be engaged and to embrace diversity and inclusion at the highest levels. Highlights include the successful launches of MLA’s Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians, MLA’s InSight Initiative to advance thinking on health information, and MLA’s Diversity and Inclusion strategic goal, as well as the November 2018 MLA Board of Directors decisions that will transform MLA communities and change the MLA staff and headquarters management model.

In her presidential address, Beverly Murphy will highlight those achievements and how they benefit MLA members, share personal insights, and recognize the many MLA members whose contributions have been essential to MLA’s success.

Discovering New Pathways to Information: What Today’s Users Tell Us

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.
John P. McGovern Award Lecture

Sponsored by EBSCO Health
Sponsored by the MLA InSight Initiative, an open circle partnership to advance thinking on health information

When this panel of library “power users” from leading Chicago medical institutions shared their personal experiences on how, where, and on what devices they discover, access, and consume professional-level information at MLA InSight Initiative Summit 2 in September 2018, the twenty librarians and twenty publishing industry representatives there were mostly stunned and fascinated. Join the panelists for a conversation on how librarians and publishers need to adjust to the new pathways to information.

Vineet Arora

Academic Hospitalist, Assistant Dean, Scholarship and Discovery, and Director, Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, is a board-certified internist, an academic hospitalist, assistant dean, Scholarship & Discovery, and director, Graduate Medical Eduction (GME) Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at University of Chicago. Through her leadership roles, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to integrate trainees and frontline staff into the quality, safety, and value missions of the institution. An accomplished researcher, she is currently principal investigator (PI) of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to develop and evaluate novel interventions that combine systems change with adult learning theory to improve care and learning in health care, with a focus on interprofessional quality improvement projects. She is PI of an FDA U01 project to improve generic prescribing among primary care physicians and nurse practitioners. In addition, with NIH funding, she has developed and implemented an interprofessional intervention to improve patient sleep in hospitals through engaging residents, hospitalists, and nurses. Lastly, with funding from the American Medical Association (AMA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), she is leading innovations to engage trainees in interprofessional quality improvement and learning through projects like Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences (IGNITE). She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, with widespread coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2011, she was named to “20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better” by HealthLeaders Magazine. Dr. Arora earned her medical degree at the Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency, chief residency, and master’s in public policy at the University of Chicago.

Margaret Danilovich

Margaret Danilovich

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, and Assistant Chair, Development and Communications, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, is an assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Dr. Danilovich’s research investigates physical activity and exercise interventions for older adults with frailty. Her research is funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. As a writer, Dr. Danilovich has had columns published in CNN, the Huffington Post and The Hill on aging, health literacy, and physical therapy.

Allison Lale

Allison Lale

Clinical Associate, Center for Advanced Care at South Loop Family Medicine, University of Chicago Primary Care Network, and 2018 Graduate, Advocate Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency, University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and University of Illinois’s School of Public Health.

Allison Lale, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and University of Illinois’ School of Public Health. She recently completed her medical training in family medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, a community-based program. She previously obtained graduate-level training in diagnostic radiology before transitioning to a career focused on primary care, teaching, and public health. Her specific areas of academic interest include diagnostic imaging for clinicians, women’s health, and health inequities. Her publications include a qualitative study on academic medical centers in underserved communities, an epidemiology study on the undertriage of firearm-related injuries, and a comparative review of effective medical treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr. Lale is currently planning the next steps of her career as a primary care physician and clinical educator.

Janice Phillips

Janice M. Phillips

Director, Nursing Research and Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center, and Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Janice M. Phillips, MS, PhD, RN, is an experienced clinician, researcher, educator, and public policy advocate in the health care arena who completed service as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, working in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. With specialties spanning oncology, public health, women’s health, health care disparities, and research administration, Phillips is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the University of Chicago Medical Center and Nursing Spectrum’s “Advancing and Leading the Profession Award.” Dr. Phillips is the author of more than eighty publications and four edited textbooks. She is the director of nursing research and health equity at Rush University Medical Center and an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Phillips holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from North Park College, a master’s of science in community health from St. Xavier College, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Illinois College of Nursing. She is a member of numerous professional organizations.

The John P. McGovern Award Lectureship was established in 1983 in honor of John P. McGovern, MD, noted physician, educator, author, and medical historian. The award is given to individuals who are significant national or international figures and who may speak on a topic of importance to health sciences librarianship at the association’s annual meeting.

Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, FMLA

Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer

JerryPerry.jpg Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, FMLA, is associate dean for the University of Arizona Libraries and director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Perry has been active in MLA, serving as president in 2011/12. His academic and publishing interests originally were centered on the fight for equitable, life-saving access to health information in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Perry was co-convener of MLA’s LGBTQ Health Sciences Librarians Special Interest Group and began his association involvement as a member of Relevant Issues Section, now known as the Social Justice Section.

“The Activist Health Sciences Librarian: A Perspective from Jerry Perry”

There were times when I never expected to make it out of the 1980s alive. At the remove of 2019, it is hard for many to imagine the sense of apocalypse that was palpable throughout the gay community at that time. Then, I believed it was entirely possible that I, too, would die of the “gay cancer.” Many people I know did. Looking back, I also believe it was my activism that, in my case, helped enable me to live through that time. And, I hope, that advocacy work helped others to live as well.

My professional career was launched at the height of the AIDS pandemic, before the discovery of the “AIDS cocktail” that reduced viral loads such that HIV infection could be medically managed. With my coauthor Robert Malinowsky, the great University of Illinois–Chicago sciences bibliographer, in 1988, we wrote the following in the introduction to our reference book, AIDS Information Sourcebook: “The need for education about AIDS is so crucial that words fail to adequately address the problem. There can never be too many resources for AIDS education. We all need to be educated because AIDS is everyone’s concern...Compassion empowered with knowledge can achieve miracles. Short of a miracle, education is the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS and save lives.” That became my mission, saving lives through librarianship. It informed the scholarship I produced and the service I performed, and was both a pathway forward and source of energy and purpose.

Through my research, and the diversity and equity work in which I have engaged, as I learned more about the social determinants of health and why it was that some communities experience a heavier burden of illness and disability, I learned about intersectionality. My points of reference shifted. I became a social justice activist.

My Janet Doe Lecture, “The Activist Health Sciences Librarian,” presents my story but also the story of activism around social justice issues for our association, by groups such as the Relevant Issues Section, now the Social Justice Section, and by the work of past Doe Lecturers Rachael K. Anderson, AHIP, FMLA, and Gerald Oppenheimer. It is also the story of an association that has at times been conflicted about the role of such activism in our niche of librarianship.

With anchors in the poetry and prose of Audre Lorde, Patti Smith, Langston Hughes, Leonard Cohen, and others, my aim is to share a story of hope through justice and convey a message of the essentialness of our work as librarians and health information professionals to the mission of saving lives. Please join me.

The Janet Doe Lectureship was established in 1966 by an anonymous donation to support a lecture in honor of Janet Doe (1895–1985), former librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine, historical scholar, past president of MLA, and editor of the first two editions of the Handbook of Medical Library Practice. The lectureship is awarded to individuals for their unique perspectives on the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.

Julia Esparza, AHIP

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
MLA Business Meeting and Inaugural Address

JuliaEsparza.jpgJulia Esparza, AHIP, is associate director at the Health Sciences Library at the Louisiana State University (LSU)–Shreveport.

A professional librarian since 1993, Julia Esparza has worked in a variety of jobs from serials management, electronic resource management, and management of library services. She currently serves as a professor at LSU Health, where she enjoys her dream job of searching, teaching, and completing original research.

Julia Esparza has a deep knowledge and experience of the health sciences librarian profession and a long-standing engagement with and experience in all facets of MLA. In her presidential inaugural address, Julia Esparza will share MLA’s vision and plan for 2019/20 and the personal story that led her to this day. 

Nadya Okamoto

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer

okamoto headshot_cropped.jpgNadya 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. 

Nadya 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.

Nadya Okamoto was featured on an August 20, 2018 Huffington Post article.

MLA is delighted to work with Women & Children First bookstore to offer Okamoto's book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement for purchase onsite at a price of $15. At noon, Nadya Okamoto will be available to autograph her book,

Katherine (Katie) L. Watson

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.

KatieWatson.jpgKatherine (Katie) L. Watson, JD, is a lawyer who clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law before coming to Northwestern University (NU). She is also a bioethicist who completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School MacLean Center and medical humanities at the NU Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently teaches law, ethics, and humanities to medical students and students in the NU master’s program in bioethics and medical humanities.

Look forward to an engaging session on innovative instructional techniques for medical education: Katie Watson, also a talented playwright and an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theater, will share her story that started in 2002, when she created a seminar in what she calls “medical improv” to improve doctor-patient communication. In 2013, in response to national recognition of her new training approach, she began leading a yearly train-the-trainer workshop.

MLA is delighted to work with Women & Children First bookstore to offer Watson's book, Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion for purchase onsite at a price of $33. At noon, Katie Watson will be available to autograph her book

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