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MLA ’20 Featured Speakers

Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP

Monday, July 27, 2020, 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Opening Session

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Lisa K. Traditi, AHIP, associate professor and deputy director, Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus–Aurora, was a hospital librarian in the Denver area before joining the faculty of the library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1996. Traditi has served MLA as a member and secretary of the Board of Directors and on the Annual Meeting Innovation Task Force, the MLA News Editor and Journal of the Medical Library Association Editor-in-Chief Search Committees, the Nominating Committee, and Chapter Council. She has also been active in several sections, now caucuses. Traditi was chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of MLA (MCMLA) and president of the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML). Traditi received her master’s in library science from the University of Arizona in 1984 and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Traditi will serve as a copresenter with Julia Esparza, AHIP, officiating the welcome to attendees and providing an overview of MLA ’20. They will lead the celebration of MLA awardees during the Awards and Recognitions presentation.

Julia Esparza, AHIP

Monday, July 27, 2020, 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Opening Session

esparza_julie.jpgJulia Esparza, AHIP, is the associate director for the Health Sciences Library, Louisiana State University (LSU) Health–Shreveport. She is a professor in the Department of Medical Library Science and is the Stafford and Marianne Comegys Endowed Professor in Medical Library Science.

Esparza will serve as copresenter with Lisa Traditi, AHIP officiating the welcome to attendees and providing an overview of MLA '20. They will lead the celebration of MLA awardees during the Awards and Recognitions presentation.

Esther Choo, MD
How Healthcare Inequities Have Been Exacerbated By COVID-19

Monday, August 10, 2020, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
John P. McGovern Award Lecture
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Choo headshot ekc_revised web.jpgEsther Choo is a professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a practicing physician and National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded investigator with expertise in drug policy, injury, and gender disparities in health care. She is a cofounder of Equity Quotient, a company that provides metrics of health care culture; a founding member for TIME’S UP Healthcare; and chief medical advisor for Jupe Health, which creates mobile health and rest units for disasters. She has a regular column in The Lancet focused on health disparities and has had regular appearances on MSNBC and CNN discussing frontline health care issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

John S. Brownstein, PhD
Digital Epidemiology and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., central
Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture

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John S. Brownstein is professor of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and is the chief innovation officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational Epidemiology Lab and the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, both at Boston Children’s Hospital. Brownstein is also Uber’s health care advisor and cofounder of the digital health companies Epidemico and Circulation.

Dr. John Brownstein will be speaking on translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease, the development and application of data mining and citizen science to public health in relation to his work with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a future NIH VideoCast event.

Chris Shaffer, AHIP
The Move to Open: Medical Library Leadership in Scholarly Communication

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Janet Doe Lecturer

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Chris Shaffer, AHIP, joined the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) as university librarian, assistant vice chancellor for academic information management, and adjunct professor, Department of Medicine, in August 2017. Previously, he was at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), University of Iowa, and University of Illinois–Chicago. He has helped plan interprofessional education initiatives and worked with research offices and Clinical and Translational Science Award centers to develop new library services for researchers. Shaffer is an active member of MLA, where he has served on the Board of Directors and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

NLM Update

Friday, August 14, 2020, 10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, NLM
Dianne Babski, Interim Associate Director for Library Operations, NLM
Amanda J. Wilson, Engagement and Training, NLM

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. As one of the twenty-seven Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health, NLM advances research in biomedical informatics and data science and is the world’s largest medical library. Millions of scientists, health professionals, and the public use NLM services every day.

NLM will present an update that highlights available resources, consumer health news, and accompanying information from MedlinePlus.

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