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Great plenary speakers planned for Quint Meeting!

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Kelli Hines | No Comments

October is fast approaching so start making plans – if you haven’t already – to attend the Quint*Essential 2014 conference in Denver, Colorado. The meeting will be held from Sunday, October 12, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Program Committee has prepared an engaging lineup of plenary and luncheon speakers.

Tuesday, 10/14 (8 – 9:30 a.m.): Plenary Session 1
“Creating a Healthier World by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”
Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Despite consuming the majority of health dollars, clinical care delivery determines only about 10-15% of the health status of the U.S. population.  Other factors, such as education, income, housing, job security, safe neighborhoods, and access to nutritious foods, the “social determinants” of health, are much more powerful drivers of health and quality of life.  Addressing these “upstream” health factors can enhance wellness, prevent disease, and improve health more equitably and cost-effectively than our current approach of solely treating “downstream” disease manifestations.  Medical librarians can play a central role in advancing understanding of social determinants of health by providing access to and facilitating utilization of information that extends beyond traditional “medical” sources and spans multiple disciplines and sectors.  Read more about Dr. Pomeroy at http://blog.hsl.washington.edu/quint/?page_id=182.

Wednesday, 10/15 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 2
“American Indian Health Information: Challenges of Dissemination and Application”
Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver

Recent advances in information technologies have improved the dissemination of and access to health information specific to American Indians. Yet, a significant portion of this work continues to be fugitive, especially for those located outside of traditional academic settings. Moreover, even when available, its form and content often frustrate translation into locally meaningful terms. This presentation highlights these challenges in the context of American Indian health. It illustrates how a community toolbox — conceptualized and brought to life by tribal community members – conveyed lessons learned through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, enabling Native people to understand, communicate, and apply complicated data and materials to preventing diabetes.  Read more about Dr. Manson at http://blog.hsl.washington.edu/quint/?page_id=184.

Wednesday, 10/15 (12 noon – 1:30 p.m.): Hospital Libraries Luncheon
“Understanding Your Genome: The Path to Personalized Medicine”
Robin Dowell, D.Sc., University of Colorado-Boulder

More information about the presentation will be coming soon, but in the meantime read more about Dr. Dowell at http://mcdb.colorado.edu/directory/dowell-deen_r.html.

Thursday, 10/16 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 3
“Busting the Myths of Personal Health Records”
C. T. Lin, M.D., University of Colorado Health

What are Personal Health Records (PHRs)? Learn about the risks and benefits of online communication between patients and providers online, the risks and benefits of online release of test results to patients, and the impact of social media on patients and their healthcare. The speaker has over 10 years’ experience with PHR’s and research data to refute common misconceptions about PHR.  Read more about Dr. Lin at http://blog.hsl.washington.edu/quint/?page_id=177.

Registration

Read on for more information about all the meeting content that we’ve actively prepared for you. And if you want to register, just go to the meeting website – http://quint2014.mlanet.org – and get started.

We hope you will come, and we are looking forward to seeing you!

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