"This fellowship was a transformational experience for us! In this era of exploding knowledge, understanding and implementing strategies for knowledge management is essential for all kinds of organizations." – Executive Vice President and CEO, Lucinda Maine AACP, 2/2016
"Wonderful program. There are not enough such immersion opportunities for librarians." – Neil Rambo, UW Health Sciences Libraries, 9/22/06 Our 2019/2020 Learning Partnership is underway!!!!!
It is with pleasure that we announce the host organizations and librarian for the 2019/2020 Learning Partnership program!
The host organization for our 2019/2020 Learning Partnership is the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. One of their closest partners is the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The Learning Partnership is a collaboration between both of these organizations, and the librarian is working on projects at both locations. This Learning Partnership will require the librarian to use their knowledge and skills as an information scientist in the service of health communications and information sharing. The settings – a public health research center working with a clinical program, and a government public health agency – do not traditionally work in teams that have embedded librarians. It is expected that the inter-professional and interdisciplinary collaboration will enrich the librarian in this partnership. Moreover, the projects themselves will require the librarian to leverage their training and background while engaging in creative problem solving to reach an audience through non-traditional mechanisms.
Ms. Jennifer Lege-Matsuura, MSLIS, AHIP has been selected for the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) Sewell Fund Learning Partnership. She is working with the Drexel CPHRC to develop tools and messages to assist families with special health care needs as they prepare for emergencies. She is also assisting with diversitypreparedness.org, the Center’s resource center for preparing culturally diverse communities and spending time at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) Public Health Preparedness Program, where she is assisting with organizing information and training resources for the PDPH staff and external stakeholders including the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps. As part of her experience, Ms. Lege-Matsuura is working with the CPHRC research team, analyzing research data and conducting focus groups of health care providers and families with special health challenges to guide development of preparedness materials. She is also participating in community emergency preparedness exercises at PDPH."
Ms. Lege-MatsuuraI graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Marketing and from Simmons University with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. Her career to date has included working at the Walt Disney World Learning Centers, Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate Analytics), Gwynedd Mercy University and ECRI Institute.
With the emergence of COVID-19 in January, Jennifer began proactively collecting articles about both the coronavirus and the disease for use by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). Once the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), things pivoted quickly, and new tasks included answering the PDPH's COVID-19 hotline, responding to emails sent to the COVID-19 general email box, clinic visits to pass out information and check for good health practices, supporting COVID-19 social media message creation, and providing reference services for the Division of Disease Control (PDPH-DDC), including researching available diagnostic tests for the disease. To read about past Learning Partnerships, click here.
To read about the application process for 2020, click here!
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