Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019: Post Conference Wrap-Up

The 2019 Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA and SWHSL meeting is a wrap! Our conference turnout exceeded expectations with 118 attendees, CE instructors and presenters. Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, guests were able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Milwaukee, the good land. In fact, when conference attendees arrived at the hotel, they were met with the sounds of Oktoberfest – polka bands.

Photo of Registration Table including Mary Ann Reilley, Melinda Orebaugh, Deb Knippel
Registration Table: Mary Ann Reilley, Melinda Orebaugh, Deb Knippel


Keynote speaker MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, aka Comic Nurse gave an amazing address that highlighted how she got started as a comic, and how comics can be used to improve patient care and medical education and promote discussions on challenging topics like palliative care and end-of-life goals. She also provided the audience with resources for developing graphic medicine collections in their institutions.

Photo of Keynote Speaker MK Czerwiec
Keynote speaker: MK Czerwiec

A panel discussion called “Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond” was held on Monday morning and featured local healthcare providers and educators and researchers. The panel gave insight into how the conditions of where we live, work, learn and play can affect health outcomes. Attendees came away with better insight of the unique issues faced by residents of Milwaukee, and resources that librarians and healthcare providers can access to learn more about the health of their communities. 

Finally, Janice Curnes, MLS, VA Medical Librarian, gave a historical overview of one of the original three “Old Soldiers Homes.” Established in 1867, the Milwaukee VA is in its 152nd year of providing veteran care.  Jan was instrumental in creating the Historic Milwaukee VA walking tour and the internal history website and was well equipped to provided attendees with a virtual tour of the site. 

Papers & Posters

The conference featured 15 contributed posters and 14 contributed papers. Copies of the papers and posters are available on the conference website. Congratulations to the winners of the Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Paper & Poster awards!

Research Poster Award Winner

Research Poster Honorable Mention

Research Paper Awards Winner

Research Paper Awards Honorable Mention

Social Event

Conference attendees had a chance to channel their inner maverick persona at the Harley- Davidson Museum. Attendees bonded over dinner and drinks and we had access to the museum after-hours.

Submitted by Liz Sueltzer

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