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 Graphic Medicine: Engaging communities in health literacy

Graphic Medicine: Engaging communities in health literacy11:00AM-12:00PM March 13th, 2024



As an introduction to graphic medicine, graphic novels and comics with a health, wellness or disease theme, with an emphasis on graphic medicine and health literacy and community engagement, this webinar is a chance to discuss what graphic medicine is, what resources and titles are available, and how libraries are using graphic medicine to support health literacy for providers, patients, families and their communities.

Graphic Medicine is a wide-ranging category that includes graphic memoirs, graphic non-fiction, and fiction for all age groups including adults, teens, and children. Graphic medicine works often address stigmatized or misunderstood health conditions, as well as the health implications of racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Libraries have used graphic medicine to reduce feelings of isolation by helping community members feel seen while also introducing new health topics to a wider audience.


By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

·         Describe graphic medicine and the different uses for different audiences.

·         Identify resources for collection development and program planning.

·         List and use resources from NLM and NNLM R7 that support the use of graphic medicine in partner organizations.



SarahLevinLederer-Picture-September2023.JPGSarah Levin-Lederer, MPH, is a public health professional with eleven years of experience working in outreach, community engagement and health education in a variety of settings. 

Since 2018, Sarah has been an Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 7 (NNLM R7) with a focus on graphic medicine, as well as outreach to Public Health partners. Partner outreach and engagement activities include overseeing grantees, teaching online and in person, and program development.

Before joining NNLM R7, Sarah worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on health outreach to refugee and immigrant serving organizations, homeless serving organizations, and the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP).  Coordinating the collaboration with FLP included creating and teaching programs for patrons and staff, writing public health emergency plans that included FLP as a response partner, and managing the creation and distribution of health information bookmarks.

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