Planning for the Future!

We are looking forward to seeing you this October in Milwaukee at the Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA, and SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting! But did you know that we’re hard at work planning our 2020 and 2021 meetings?

Our 2020 meeting will be held in Bloomington, Indiana on October 3-5 at the Monroe Convention Center. Our co-hosts will be the Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association. Mark your calendars now!

Midwest Chapter Annual Meetings Committee members are working with our neighbors the Midcontinental Chapter/MLA on a joint meeting in 2021. Our tentative plan is to meet in early October in Kansas City. Stay tuned for details!

Have any questions about upcoming Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meetings? Ask Annual Meetings Committee Chair Clare Leibfarth!

Social determinants of health – a preview of our Monday panel discussion

A recent quick search for “social determinants of health” in PubMed yielded over 6700 results, 80% published within the last 5 years. From reducing tobacco-related health disparities to understanding outcomes for patients with Type II diabetes, researchers and clinicians are paying more attention to social, economic, and geographic factors that influence our health.

How are social determinants of health defined? A 2019 Journal of the American College of Radiology article 1 writes about them this way:

“The social determinants of health have garnered particular attention more recently, centering on the premise that patients’ zip codes may be a better predictor of their life expectancy than their genetic code. This is based on longstanding research that demonstrates the impact that low socioeconomic status, food and housing instability, transportation difficulties, violence, racism, limited educational opportunities, and an unhealthy environment—among others—has on quality and quantity of life. These factors undoubtedly impact a patient’s ability to prioritize, access, afford, or complete imaging services, whether preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic.”

Our 2019 conference panel, Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond, brings together three different perspectives on this emerging health care focus. Dr. Nancy Smuckler, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will share her research on the effects of poverty on individual health. Biostatistician Kayla Heslin, a researcher at the Center for Urban Population Health, will highlight her work on zip code and community health research and assessment. Finally, Associate Researcher Kate Konkle, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will highlight their work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

The panel discussion will be held Monday, October 7 from 9:00-10:30 am in the Regency Ballroom.

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Brenda Fay, Advocate Aurora Health Library Network 2019 Conference co-chair

1. Betancourt JR, Tan-McGrory A, Flores E, Lopez D. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Radiology: A Call to Action. Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR. 2019;16(4 Pt B):547-553.

MLA Chapter Council Special Election

We are conducting a special election to elect our Representatives to the MLA Chapter Council. Those elected will take office in May 2019. Only Midwest Chapter/MLA members who are also MLA members are eligible to vote in this special election.

Please vote at:
https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8vNIgw4J6dn7xzL

The ballot will remain open through Monday, April 22nd.

We will hold our regular election later this summer. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for an elected office, please contact Karen Hanus, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee.