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JOHNS HOPKINS WELCH MEDICAL LIBRARY WINS GRANT TO ENCOURAGE MINORITY TEENS TO ENTER HEALTH INFORMATION CAREERS

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December 8, 2005

JOHNS HOPKINS WELCH MEDICAL LIBRARY WINS GRANT TO ENCOURAGE MINORITY TEENS TO ENTER HEALTH INFORMATION CAREERS

The William H. Welch Medical Library of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was awarded a $639,746 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop, test and evaluate effective ways of introducing minority high school students to biomedical information careers.

These careers include librarians who specialize in health sciences information and informaticians, professionals who work mostly with computerized information such as that found in patient medical records.

Welch Library leaders will oversee a consortium of seven other medical centers -- Georgetown University, Houston Academy of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center, Howard University, University of Colorado, Washington University at St. Louis, Yale University and the University of Tennessee.  All are developing collaborations with local high schools to set up student internships, mentoring opportunities, and “shadowing” experiences that allow students to follow health information professionals in their daily work.

“Our goal is to expand the future pool of minority health information professionals in response to anticipated shortages in both the professions overall and in particular of minority professionals,” says Nancy Roderer, M.L.S., director of the Johns Hopkins Welch Medical Library. During the three-year project, the eight sites will compare their programs and make that information available to other sites seeking to establish pipelines for under-represented minorities to the health information professions.
 
The grants were made under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant-making agency that helps libraries and museums serve their communities.

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