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Public Policy Center

MLA supports unrestricted, affordable, and permanent access to quality health information for everyone. 

The Governmental Relations Committee and the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislation Committee both address federal information issues, policies, and legislation of importance to the health sciences library community. Together with engagement of members from MLA's caucuses, chapters, and relevant committees, the association develops statement and comments to Federal requests for information. The process for how we go about creating these statements is described here.

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MLA Comments on IMLS 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

MLA signs onto CHLA ABSC statement on the importance of hospital libraries

MLA and AAHSL Comments on NIH UNITE Initiative

MLA and AAHSL Comment on Information and Data Resources Needed by the Health Services Research Community

NIH calls for swift sharing of COVID-19 results

MLA and AAHSL comment on NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Plan

MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency & Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

MLA recommends seeking information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications

MLA and AAHSL recommend FY21 NLM Funding

MLA and AAHSL comment on public access

NLM Receives Stimulus Funding to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus

MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing Modernization

MLA and AAHSL comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research

MLA and AAHSL Comment on Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

MLA Comments on Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

MLA and AAHSL comments on the use of the FHIR standard for capturing and sharing clinical data


Scholarly Communications Slide Decks

MLA Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives