The goal of The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals. Medicine for the 21st Century underlines the key role of information resources in raising the quality of health care.(1) Librarians experienced in managing knowledge and teaching informatics can supply quality information by becoming ongoing members of the health care team. Immersion in the health care environment is necessary for librarians to understand how health care professionals solve problems individually and through consensus.
Learning Partnerships: Toward New Information Perspectives
The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund funds two, paid, Learning Partnerships placing experienced librarians/informationists within leading health care and/or research organizations for the purpose of both partners gaining a greater understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment.
The application deadline for librarians was April 15, 2009. We are currently working with the host organizations to finalize the 2009-2010 Learning Partnerships. Keep reading for information on the host organizations that were available for applicants. The process for our next round of Learning Partnerships will begin in the fall of 2010.
Detailed information is included below on:
Two eminent health organizations, based across the United States have been selected for the 2009 Sewell Learning Partnerships program. These host organizations are leaders in direct care, research, and public health programming. Not only do they provide a dynamic, cutting edge environment in which to learn and contribute, but they also each will benefit significantly from the placement of a skilled and well-educated librarian/informationist. Note that additional detailed information from the host's proposal is available by clicking on the link at the end of each description below. For additional information about each host, go to each organization’s website.
Antonio Metropolitan Health District
Metro Health’s mission is to provide leadership and services for San
Antonio and Bexar County to prevent illness and injury, promote healthy
behaviors, and protect against health hazards. As a local governmental
public health agency Metro Health works at the front line of community health by
providing essential health surveillance, laboratory services, education and
outreach, emergency response programs, regulatory activities and policy
interventions. The Learning Partnership Librarian will take a leadership role in
the development and implementation of two major department initiatives: (1) A
comprehensive Employee Education & Development Program; and (2) An Information &
Communications program to expand the use of information technology to promote
awareness of Metro Health resources and services and respond to public
information needs. Supplementing Metro Health as host of a Learning
Partnership Librarian, the San Antonio Regional Campus of The University of
Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas Health Science Center
Library at San Antonio have committed as partners to provide resources and
mentorship for the Learning Partnership.
2. Public Health
The Public Health Foundation (PHF), incorporated
in the District of Columbia, is a national, non-profit
501(c)3 organization with a clear focus on improving public health
infrastructure and the performance of public health agencies and systems.
For more than 35 years, PHF has been on the forefront of initiatives
designed to strengthen and improve the infrastructure and performance of systems
that protect and promote the public’s health.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, successful candidates must also match the selection criteria specified by each host organization.
(1) Institute of Medicine. Crossing the quality chasm: a new health system for the 21st century. [Web document]. Washington, DC; National Academy Press, 2001. http://www.nap.edu/books/0309072808/html/).
(2) Davidoff E, Florance V. The informationist: a new health profession? [editorial] Ann Int Med 2000 Jun 20;132(12):996-8.
(3) Rankin JA, Grefsheim SF, Canto, CC. The emerging informationist specialty: a systematic review of the literature. J Med Libr Assoc 2008 Jul;96(3):194-206.
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