Creating Health Information Connections for Persons with Disabilities
In November of 2007, a team from the Taubman Health Sciences Library headed by director and Principal Investigator Jane Blumenthal, received $11,983 to develop a tailored health education program for people with disabilities. Project staff included Deborah Lauseng (project director), Patricia Martin (Evaluation and Trainer), and Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (Evaluation and Trainer).
Creating Health Information Connections for Persons with Disabilities was a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. This 2-year project covered three primary components: staff sensitivity training, a health-information needs assessment, and customized instructional sessions. The staff sensitivity training, conducted by members of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, gave the Taubman Health Sciences Library staff a foundation for improved communication and appropriate instructional practice for working with the local population with disabilities. A series of customized, in-person instructional sessions to assess health information needs of the population. These sessions sought to increase awareness and improve access to vital health information, while considering the unique needs of the population with disabilities. This project also indirectly supports the Ann Arbor Commission for Disability Issues and their goal for obtaining the national designation of a ‘disability friendly community.’
This was one of four recent subcontracts for the Taubman Health Sciences Library funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. Other projects have focused on health literacy, public health 2.0, and social media for public health. This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract no. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.