Call for Papers & Posters

The 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting planning committee is now accepting abstracts for poster and paper presentations.

Call for Paper and Posters

Submit your poster and paper and paper abstracts so that others can discover and learn about your innovative programs and research findings. Presenting at a conference is a great way to connect with your colleagues. Your presentation may lead to opportunities to collaborate with your colleagues in the Midwest.

Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago are welcome.

Submit your abstract online. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2019.

Registration for Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 is open.

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.

Discover Milwaukee: Explore the Harley-Davidson Museum

“Why would I visit a place dedicated to Harley-Davidson motorcycles? I don’t even like motorcycles!”

Exploring Milwaukee won’t be complete without a sojourn to the iconic museum. More than just an excursion of sentiment for motorcycle fans, the Harley Davidson Museum is an experience in American history.

Photo credit: Harley Davidson Museum website.

Walking through the park-like 20 acres in downtown Milwaukee, the Harley Davidson Museum is filled with classic, even legendary, machines, including the Harley owned by Elvis and the oldest
known Harley Davidson Motorcycle in existence (Serial #1). As a visitor, you’ll see an unparalleled collection of motorcycles and memorabilia like a private archive that offers tours. There are layers of advertisements from different eras for the graphic design geeks. And truly, the highlight for many is the Experience Gallery, where visitors can choose from a diverse collection of bikes to touch, admire, and pose for photos on.

The campus, in addition to the rich cultural experience of the museum, also includes a café, restaurant, and retail store, as well as a manicured outdoor space.

The Sunday evening social event for our Midwest MLA Chapter Conference will be dinner and exploration of the museum. Extra tickets are available for purchase to bring along a guest for dinner. All dinner attendees will receive an additional complimentary ticket to the Harley Davidson Museum to return and investigate at their leisure.

Graphic Medicine: A nod to our Sunday Keynote

Superheros, villains, and fantastical characters are all well represented in comics. But what about us regular folks, where do we show up? One of those areas of comics and graphic novels is the growing genre of graphic medicine.

graphicmedicine.org

 

First used by Dr. Ian Williams, himself a practicing physician and comic artist, in the late 2000’s, graphic medicine aims to draw back the veil at the “intersection of comics and healthcare”. It’s about you and me. More specifically it deals with the health issues we face from infertility to cancer and Parkinson’s disease. It deals with aging and having to put our parents in nursing homes, and it tells stories of nurses, doctors, and other health care providers learning how to cope with the ups and downs of taking care of others. It deals with the nitty gritty of an abusive family and sudden death of a child.

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“Make it your Own” Research Retreat

New Saturday Session

In this first ever Midwest Chapter/MLA Research Retreat, we aim to give our library colleagues a chance to focus on their research interests. This retreat is for those who want to get started in conducting research, for those who are in the middle of their own projects, and for seasoned researchers who want to share their experiences and knowledge. Regardless of where you are in the research continuum, we invite you to join us in this dedicated and distraction free space to move forward on existing projects or begin new ones.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to consult with colleagues to:

  • explore the literature for new articles or to support an existing research project
  • troubleshoot your methods with fellow participants
  • design your research timeline
  • begin preparing your Institutional Review Board proposal
  • put together figures and charts
  • work on writing up your results

We will be recruiting people to speak on various topics. If you have experience in research and would like to be a moderator for one of the retreat sessions, please contact Margaret Hoogland.  Fellows from the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) are encouraged to participate.