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Beverly Murphy – #DiversityInHealthcare

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Beverly Murphy was elected as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association in 2018.

Murphy is the Assistant Director of Communications and Web Content, as well as the nursing liaison, at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She was recruited to a technical services position directly out of library school, and has been a leader in health sciences libraries ever since. In addition to breaking barriers as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association, she was also the first African-American chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the first African-American editor of MLA News, and the first African-American Recipient of the Marcia C. Noyes Award.

When asked about her advice for new leaders, Murphy said, “I believe you first have to learn to follow before you can lead. Don’t be afraid to take risks but listen and learn from every angle and expect the unexpected. You don’t have to be at the top of the food chain to be an effective leader, but you should be at the top of your game to effect change. Learn everything you can about leadership principles and apply them when given the right circumstances. Be an example people want to follow, engage those around you, and help them shine. Be accountable, honest, and transparent.”

Source: https://www.mlanet.org/blog/i-am-mla-beverly-murphy-ahip-fmla

EndNote 101

Announcement

The second session in our fall webinar series is coming up this Wednesday. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

  • EndNote 101
    With Stefanie Lapka
    Wed 10/20, 12 – 1 pm
    Zoom link

After this session, you will be able to use EndNote Online to create an account, utilize plug-ins, add and organize references, and cite while you write.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni – #DiversityInHealthcare

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In 1998, Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni became the first woman appointed professor in the department of medicine at Beth Israel Hospital. Throughout much of her career, she has focused her research agenda on the health concerns of people living with disabilities.

Iezzoni earned a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in the 1970s, and went on to receive her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1984. During her first year of medical school, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Because of the lack of accommodations available at the time for people with disabilities, as well as the lack of acceptance within medicine, she opted to follow a research track rather than complete an internship and become licensed as a medical doctor.

With her background in health policy, this was a natural fit. Her research has largely focused on measuring quality of care and improving fairness of payment. Additionally, she has researched disability, including health policy issues, health disparities, and the implications of disabling conditions on daily life.

In recent years, she has gotten involved in the #DocsWithDisabilities movement, calling for the profession to be more open and less ableist in order to improve healthcare.

Info and photo source: https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/biography_161.html

Systematic Reviews 101

Announcement

The first session in our fall webinar series is coming up this Wednesday. Please join us for this lunch & learn session to be held on Zoom.

  • Systematic Reviews 101
    With Rachel Helbing
    Wed 9/22, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording

After this session, you will be able to identify and understand the steps in a systematic review, from formulating a research question to synthesizing results.

This session will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Fall Webinar Series

Announcement

We hope you can join us for our fall webinar series. Please save the dates for the three lunch & learn sessions to be held on Zoom on Wednesdays in September, October, and November.

  • Systematic Reviews 101
    With Rachel Helbing
    Wed 9/22, 12 – 1 pm
    Recording
  • EndNote 101
    With Stefanie Lapka
    Wed 10/20, 12 – 1 pm
    Zoom link
  • Copyright 101
    With Dave Fagundes
    Wed 11/17, 12 – 1 pm
    Zoom link

More details are forthcoming. Sessions will be recorded and archived in the UH Institutional Repository.

Please contact Rachel Helbing at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu with any questions.

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte – #DiversityInHealthcare

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Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was a doctor, public health advocate, and social reformer widely recognized as the first Indigenous woman to obtain a medical degree in the U.S. Dr. La Flesche Picotte was born in the Omaha reservation in 1865, the youngest daughter of Joseph La Flesche, the last recognized Chief of the Omaha tribe.

During her studies at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMPC), Dr. La Flesche Picotte was sponsored by the Connecticut Indian Association (CIA) throughout her medical program and overcame societal and racial discrimination to become valedictorian, graduating at the top of her class in 1889.

Throughout her career, Dr. La Flesche Picotte worked for the Office of Indian Affairs (1889-1983) as the physician for the boarding school, was an active community advocate, and traveled in and around the reservation making house calls for community members.

She was an active social reformer and public health advocate, strongly in favor of temperance and even advocated for a prohibition law that would impact the Omaha tribe. Dr. La Flesche Picotte was a proponent of preventive care and worked on educating her community on hygiene and food sanitation, both for general health and to help prevent the spread of tuberculosis. She also helped tribal members with inheritance issues they experienced, specifically with regard to land sales.

Dr. La Flesche Picotte went on to establish the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital, the first privately-funded hospital on the Omaha reservation that went on to serve the tribal community until the 1940s. Today, the building stands as a National Historic Landmark and serves as a reminder of the amazing work of Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte.

Info source: The Incredible Legacy of Susan La Flesche, the First Native American to Earn a Medical Degree, Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte, Susan La Flesche Picotte, and Susan La Flesche Picotte, M.D.: Omaha Indian leader and reformer.

Photo source: Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte

Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH – #DiversityInHealthcare

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Jerome M. Adams served as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States from 2017 – 2021.

Dr. Adams earned his master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He has completed residencies in both internal medicine and anesthesiology, and is a board certified anesthesiologist.

Jerome Adams wearing military uniformAfter time in private practice and serving on the faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Adams was appointed as Indiana State Health Commissioner. While in that position, he headed the state’s response to an unprecedented HIV outbreak.

As Surgeon General, he oversaw the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in order to promote and advance health. While in office, he focused on addressing the opioid epidemic as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

He continues to be heavily involved in promoting health information to the public via traditional media outlets as well as on Twitter, where he has more than 56,000 followers.

UH librarians Rachel and Stefanie had the opportunity to see him speak in 2018, and the photo shared here was taken by Rachel at that event.

Info source: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/voices/events/jerome-adams-20th-surgeon-general-of-the-united-states/

Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN – #DiversityInHealthcare

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Ernest Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the first man to hold that position.

Picture of Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN with caption that reads Nurse LeaderDr. Grant has worked as a nurse for more than 30 years. He earned his BSN from North Carolina Central University and his MSN and PhD both from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He specializes in burn care and fire safety, fields in which he is an internationally recognized expert. He has led burn outreach at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, as well as with the U.S. military. He received a Nurse of the Year Award from President George W. Bush in 2002 in honor of his work with World Trade Center burn victims.

Additionally, Dr. Grant has a strong record of professional service. He also continues to serve as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill of Nursing, where he passes his expertise on to student nurses.

Dr. Grant began his term as ANA president in 2018. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he has advocated for nurse safety and worked to prevent vaccine hesitancy, particularly in the African-American community.

Info and photo source: https://www.nursingworld.org/ana/leadership-and-governance/board-of-directors/ana-president/

Dr. Eliza Lo Chin – #DiversityInHealthcare

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Dr. Eliza Lo Chin is the author of the 2002 book This Side of Doctoring: Reflections From Women in Medicine. The book is a collection of the experiences of women physicians. After dealing with struggles in her own life around being a young physician, wife, and mother, she recognized a larger need and completed this project to help fill the mentoring void for women trying to balance family and career.

Picture of Dr. Eliza Lo Chin, Harvard Educated Internist, Author on women in medicine, Diversity in HealthcareDr. Chin completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, graduated from Harvard Medical School, and was a resident with the Primary Care Program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has an interest in women’s health, and served as the course director for Columbia University’s Women’s Health Elective.  She is currently the Executive Director of the American Medical Women’s Association and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco. She continues to give back by mentoring young women in medicine.

Information and photo source: https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/biography_60.html; Information source: https://www.amwa-doc.org/amwa103/eliza-lo-chin/

Elizabeth Fee – #DiversityInHealthCare

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Elizabeth Fee, PhD, was an influential historian of science, medicine, and public health.

Dr. Fee began teaching at the State University of New York at Binghamton and was extremely popular as a scholar of science and medical history, as well as new and controversial courses in human sexuality.

From 1974 to 1995, Dr. Fee was a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now Bloomberg School). She worked in departments including health humanities, international health, and health policy. During her tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Fee wrote a history of the School of Public Health, Disease and Discovery: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1916–1939. This is considered the first “biography” of the first school of public health, and it documented power networks in a supposedly technocratic field.

Baltimore is also where Dr. Fee met and fell in love with her lifetime partner and wife, Mary Garafolo, an artist and a nurse. They married in Vancouver, Canada, in 2005.

Dr. Fee joined the National Library of Medicine (NLM) from 1995 to 2018 as Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division. She oversaw moves to restructure the organization around three sections: Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, Images and Archives, and Exhibitions. She was appointed Chief Historian of the National Library of Medicine in 2011.

Over the course of her entire career, Dr. Fee authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited nearly thirty scholarly books and hundreds of articles, on topics as varied as the racialized treatment of syphilis, the history of the toothbrush, and bioterrorism. She became particularly well known for her work to document and analyze the history of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Fee coedited two groundbreaking volumes on AIDS, as it was becoming a global modern plague: AIDS: The Burden of History (1988) and AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease (1992). Her work informed scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer health and wellbeing.

Shortly before her death Dr. Fee retired to become an independent researcher in 2018. She died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ASL) in October 2018.

Info sources: Elizabeth Fee (The Lancet), Elizabeth Fee (1946-2018) (AJPH), and NLM Mourns the Loss of Elizabeth Fee, PhD, former Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division (NLM).

Photo source: The Lancet via: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32832-0

 

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