MLA Chapters

Community Assessment

3 MLA Continuing Education contact hours

Taught by Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center at the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library in Seattle. Co-sponsored by NN/LM PSR, and in Arizona also co-sponsored by SABL.

Please join us for the Spring 2008 continuing education event being held in Tucson, AZ and Orange, CA.

Dates and Locations

  • Monday, April 28 (morning), at UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA
  • Tuesday, April 29 (afternoon), at Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson, AZ

Description of program

This class will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach design quality programs and garner support by taking the right first step: collecting community and needs assessment information about the groups of people who will be involved. Although the focus is on community-based projects, the logic of evaluation can be used in many settings.  Topics include collection of data to create a picture of a target community, including its needs, assets, resources, and potential obstacles that may affect the success of health information outreach efforts. This information also can be vital in winning the support of community partners and in strategic planning. For example, the information gathered in a community assessment is often used in background sections of funding proposals. Participants will learn how to use existing data, such as US Census data, state data, and local resources in community assessment. They also will learn the type of information they should seek through interviews and questionnaires. The workshop will combine lecture with interactive group exercises that allow participants to work with data and plan community assessments.

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify different sources of data (e.g., organizational records, community members) that can be used in developing community profiles
  • Describe the strengths of different data collection approaches for gaining insight into their target communities
  • Develop a plan for conducting a community assessment
  • Identify people to interview to get a more local view of their communities
  • Use community assessment information for grant proposals

Instructor bio

Ms. Barnes has provided instruction and consultation to health sciences librarians on outreach proposals and evaluation projects and is the co-author, with Dr. Cindy Olney, of the 3-part "Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects" series: Booklet 1: "Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach"; Booklet 2: "Including Evaluation in Outreach Project Planning"; Booklet 3: "Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data" (Seattle, WA: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center; Bethesda MD: National Library of Medicine, 2006).  Ms. Barnes' most recent publication is "Outcomes-Who Cares?" in National Network: Newsletter of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association, January 2008, 32 (3): 6-7.  An active member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Ms. Barnes received her MLS from the University of Washington and is working on an MS in Communication from Cornell University.

Registration and schedule for the day

  • California – Monday, April 28 -- Register here
    9-9:30 – Registration and continental breakfast
    9:30-12:45 – Class
    12:45-1:30 – Lunch
    1:30-2:30 – Business Meeting (including a special dessert!)

  • Arizona – Tuesday, April 29 -- Register here
    12-1 – Lunch
    1-4:15 – Class

Travel and parking information

  • California

    Click here for directions and maps.

    The class will be held in Auditorium, Building 53, at the UCI Medical Center, 101 City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868.

    Parking is available in the UCI Medical Center Visitor Parking structure on Dawn Way.  If you bring your parking stub with you to the meeting, it can be validated for up to 2 hours of free parking.  Parking fees are $1.00 per ½ hour (max. daily charge $10).  Alternatively, free parking is available across the street at The Block of Orange.

    For further information contact:

    Susan Lessick, MA, MLS, AHIP
    Head, Grunigen Medical Library
    UCI Medical Center
    101 The City Drive, Bldg. 22A
    Orange, CA 92868
    (714) 456-6488 voice
    (714) 634-9252 fax

  • Arizona

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    The class will be held in Room 2102 of the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724

    Directions to the classroom will be posted at the entrance to the library, or just ask at the reference desk in the library lobby.

    For further information contact:

    Carol Howe, MD, MLS
    Information Services
    Arizona Health Sciences Library
    1501 N. Campbell Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85724
    (520) 626-2739 voice

Local accommodations information

  • California
  • Arizona
    • Hotels Close to the Arizona Health Sciences Library
      • Arizona Inn (lovely, but usually expensive during winter season)
        2200 E. Elm
        Tucson, AZ
        (520) 777-0308
      • Windmill Inn of Tucson (highly recommended, usually reasonably priced)
        4250 N. Campbell Ave.
        Tucson, AZ
        (520) 577-0007
      • Marriott University Park (near UA Main Campus)
        880 E. 2nd Street
        Tucson, AZ
        (520) 792-4100
      • Sheraton Four Points (close to UA North Campus)
        (Formerly Plaza Hotel and Conference Center)
        1900 E. Speedway Blvd.
        Tucson, AZ
        (520) 327-7341

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Last Updated: 6 March 2008