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Elsevier MLA Luncheon 2017: An Informatics Perspective on Health Literacy

May 05, 2017

Elsevier Luncheon for Medical Librarians at MLA 2017 with Prof. Prudence Dalrymple

Are you a medical librarian attending the MLA '17 Annual Meeting? Elsevier cordially invites you to join us for our annual:


Luncheon for Medical Librarians

Concurrent with the 2017 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Seattle


As in past years, the luncheon will include a topical presentation. This year's speaker Professor Prudence Dalrymple, a leading health information professional, will present:


An Informatics Perspective on Health Literacy

Challenges and Obstacles on the Road to Improving Health Literacy




Despite several decades of research, low health literacy remains a challenge for society. The emergence of ehealth, mhealth and precision medicine increases the need for an informed, empowered and health-literate population. It would seem to be a great time for librarians and information professionals to have an impact. However, like many important issues, "It’s complicated."


Drawing upon her research and practice in health literacy and health informatics, Prof. Dalrymple will explore whether lessons from informatics can usefully be applied to advancing and improving health literacy.  


As part of her presentation, Prof. Dalrymple will invite attendees to raise questions, such as:  


  • What are the best ways to help individuals become more literate and more responsible for their health?

  • What lessons can we learn from the information and informatics communities that can be applied to health literacy research and practice?

  • What values and beliefs must we examine as we attempt to achieve a more health literate society? 

  • What unique contributions are librarians making to improve health literacy?



Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)


Washington State Convention Center | Room 620 | 705 Pike Street (lunch will be provided at no charge to attendees) 



SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register by May 22.


Prof. Prudence Dalrymple

Prudence Dalrymple
Research and Teaching Professor
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University  


Prudence Dalrymple is Research and Teaching Professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she directs the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in Health Sciences Informatics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to her arrival at Drexel, she was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. She directed the ALA Office for Accreditation from 1992 to 1997.


Her scholarly activities encompass three major areas: health informatics, information needs and uses, and evaluation. As part of her interest in determining how information use affects health outcomes, she conducts research on health literacy and information seeking behavior, the use of evidence-based guidelines by health professionals, and the potential for text messages to improve health literacy of the urban poor.


In addition to her research and teaching, Prof. Dalrymple sits on the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Health Information Management and is a Principal Investigator of an Informatics Workforce Development grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her research in health informatics reflects a long-standing interest in the user — whether a researcher, a patient or a citizen seeking information for a better life. She is the author of over 65 articles and book chapters and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. In 2014, she was elected a Fellow of the Medical Library Association.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to join your colleagues for a presentation from a leading health information professional on "An Informatics Perspective on Health Literacy."