PLA at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALA Seattle Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition, January 25-29, 2019 - American Library AssociationODLOS Midwinter Institute:
Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity

Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, The Conference Center–Yakima 1
Event Code: ODL2

Sponsored by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services; the Public Library Association; and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region

How can your library provide equitable health literacy services and programming? How does implicit bias contribute to health disparities within minority populations and affect individual and community health and well-being? Can you provide better health literacy services and be part of the solution in your community?

This highly informative and interactive institute will explore interventions and practices that contribute to reducing health disparities and promote health equity. Through insightful presentations, self-reflection and group discussions, participants will learn how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities' health needs.

At the conclusion of this institute, participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of implicit bias and have greater awareness of their own implicit biases;
  • Recognize how implicit bias contributes to health disparities within minority populations and thus affects individual as well as community health and well-being;
  • Understand the important connection between implicit bias, health disparities and health literacy; and
  • Know how to utilize health literacy as a tool to address health disparities and priority community health needs with support from the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN).


Dr. Linda KoDr. Linda Ko, the director of the Health Communication Research Center, is a behavioral scientist with expertise in interventions using health communication strategies. Her research aims to understand community’s behavior within the socio-cultural context, develop interventions for those behaviors, and disseminate knowledge through community engagement. Dr. Ko received a PhD degree from the University of North Carolina. She is an associate member at the Fred Hutch and an associate professor at the University of Washington.

Aileen LuppertFor the last three years, Aileen Luppert has been the managing librarian of one of the largest branches of the Spokane County (WA) Library District. From 2013–2016, under her supervision, SCLD was the only library system in Washington, and one of a few in the country, to train and certify staff as navigators to assist patrons signing up for health insurance. She is on the leadership team for two local coalitions focused on resources for families and individuals in need. Luppert has presented to state and national library associations on topics ranging from jobseeker support in libraries, community engagement, and serving patrons experiencing homelessness.

Michele SpatzMichele Spatz is community engagement coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us initiative. Prior to joining NNLM, Michele led an interdisciplinary approach to health literacy at Pacific University; consulted for Planetree, an international healthcare organization advocating patient-centered care; and was founding director of a consumer health resource center. Spatz teaches, speaks nationally, and writes extensively on reaching people with meaningful health information. She is a passionate health literacy advocate..

Ticket Prices

Category Early Bird
(by 11:59 AM Central October 24, 2018)
(by 11:59 AM Central January 18, 2019)
ALA Personal Member $40 $50 $60
Other Member
(Retired, Student, Life, Trustee, Non-Salaried, and Support Staff)
$40 $50 $60
Non-Member $40 $50 $60


Financial support to attend may be available—check with your National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) regional medical library.


You can register for this Midwinter Institute (event code: ODL2) with or without an ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits registration. Register now!

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See PLA’s full line-up of meetings and other events at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.