Converge in Denver & Collaborate with Five MLA Chapters!

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, in the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Quint MLA Chapter Steering Committee has been hard at work preparing this amazing joint conference that we hope you will find stimulating and invigorating as you network with members of the five participating chapters: Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA), Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNCMLA), and South Central Chapter (SCCMLA).

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 – – and get started. We hope you will come, and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee has scheduled a full slate of courses, with instructors who are highly acclaimed medical information professionals. The classes are designed not only to enrich your knowledge and pique your interest but also to stimulate a lively discussion.

Sunday, 10/12 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 6 hrs MLA CE. $140.00
• Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified (Instructors: Jean Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, John Langell, MD and Erica Lake)

• Librarians Roles in Systematic Reviews: A Step by Step Approach (Instructors: Margaret Foster, AHIP and Ahlam Saleh)

Monday, 10/13 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00
• Applying Information Expertise to the Challenge of Diagnostic Error Reduction (Instructors: Barbara Jones and Rebecca Graves, AHIP)

• EBP Beyond the Basics: Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies (Instructor: Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA)

• Engaging the 21st Century Learner: Best Practices & Classroom Management Techniques (Instructors: Jeanne LeBer, AHIP and Erin Wimmer, AHIP)

Monday, 10/13 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00
• Communicating Clinically (Instructor: Julia Esparza, AHIP)

• Fundamentals of Data Visualization (Instructor: Jackie Wirz)

More information about the courses may be found at Space is limited; register today!


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

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

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

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

Events & Other Sessions

Exhibits will be open for multiple days, beginning with the Opening Reception on Monday evening. Our exhibitors are very excited to have the chance to spend several days with us and participate in the meeting content. In particular, a luncheon with exhibitors will be held on Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Attendees will have multiple chances to learn from each other at various contributed paper sessions, lightning talks, and a staffed poster session and Tuesday and Wednesday. A Trends in Technology panel presentation is also scheduled for Thursday morning.

Other social events include hosted dine-arounds on Tuesday evening and the Mid-Meeting Celebration, which will be held on Wednesday evening after the exhibits have closed.

The four NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries will co-present a joint update session on Wednesday morning, and we have set aside time on Thursday morning for the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association to update attendees on their recent activities.

Jon Crossno, AHIP
Co-Chair & SCC Liaison, 2014 Quint Meeting Steering Committee

Digital Collections Librarian
Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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