Transforming Communities through Health Outreach and Programming
Report by Carla Bywaters
JCLC 2018 AILA (Julie Todaro ALA Presidential Initiative Scholarship Awardee)
I arrived in Albuquerque late Tuesday evening, only to have to finish my homework–this should sound familiar to most students–before 11:59 p.m. This quickly turned into 2:00 a.m., so I hit the ground running Tuesday morning with four hours of sleep! I was worried that I would fall asleep during the four-hour session; however, that was far from the case!! Lydia Collins and crew were the most engaging preconference leaders and kept the session lively! It began with introductions followed by a Human Bingo Ice Breaker wherein we learned much about each other 🙂
The next we addressed Health Literacy, which encourages family engagement and preventative wellness checks. Attendees learned that there is a huge Health Disparity and Health Care Disparity among people of color. The most underrepresented peoples include children, older adults, pregnant women and individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. We are also in need of providers who represent the community they serve. The Healthy People 2020 initiative is a collaboration within communities to propel precision medicine and further medical research. You can learn more about this through the “All of Us” Research Program.