Health Misinformation Webinar Series

Health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both long standing health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people. 

The Health Misinformation Webinar Series from NNLM features presentations from expert guest speakers. The series will enable librarians, public health professionals, health educators, and health care providers to explore various aspects of health misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information, and learn practical and evidence-based solutions for how to identify it and help curb its spread.

The Health Misinformation Webinar Series will be scheduled intermittently. Please check the NNLM training calendar for upcoming sessions.  


After listening to the guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to do one or more of the following:

  • Understand the difference between misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information
  • Identify sources of trustworthy health information
  • Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  • Understand and explore the relationship between health information and communication
  • Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation 

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Class Length

60 minutes

Class Owner(s)

Contact the NNLM Training Office for more information.


Erica Lake, Health Sciences Librarians Outreach Specialist, Region 6
Carolyn Martin, Outreach and Education Coordinator, Region 5
Margie Sheppard, Community Engagement Coordinator - NNLM Region 3, Region 3
Bobbi L. Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Region 6

Continuing Education

This class qualifies for Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 1.

This class qualifies for Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 2.

This class has been approved for Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credits.

This class meets the following CHIS Level 1 competencies:

C3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
C4. Evaluation of Health Information
C5. Communication, Reference, and Instruction

This class qualifies as additional continuing education credit towards CHIS level 2.


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Deciphering the Social Media Pulse: Twitter's Role in Shaping COVID-19 Health Beliefs and Vaccine Perceptions Join us to explore the profound influence of social media, specifically Twitter, on shaping public health beliefs and perceptions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 1.00 CHES, MLA On
From Contraception to Menopause: Identifying and Addressing Reproductive Health Misinformation Reliable information about reproductive health has never been more important. However, taboos, legal restrictions, and a dearth of women's health research have enabled misinformation to flourish, with dire implications for health outcomes. This talk will provide an overview of the prevalence, characteristics, and impacts of reproductive health misinformation. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On
Casting a Wide Net: Combating Health Misinformation in Alaska Librarians at the Alaska Medical Library worked with faculty and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage to create health misinformation materials and promote them to different communities across the state. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On
Is Seeing Really Believing?: Visual Health Misinformation This interactive session will introduce attendees to a wide range of deceptive visual communications ranging from misleading graphs to manipulated images in scientific publications to AI-generated deepfakes. Attendees will gain confidence in analyzing various types of visual information and leave the session with practical ideas for incorporating these skills into programming in a variety of contexts. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On
Using Technology to Combat Fake News: The Impact of Misinformation on Chronic Condition Self-Management Behaviors In this presentation, the speakers will offer insight into making appropriate health information more accessible to patients, and therefore lessening the likelihood of misinformation related to the self-management of diabetes. The speakers will describe the implementation of interventions design to reinforce self-care practices and daily decision making among patients managing a chronic disease. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On
Preparing for the Next Infodemic: Fact-checking, Big Data Analysis, and Patient Conversations about COVID-19 Misinformation This webinar will explore communication lessons learned about COVID-19 misinformation to help leaders prepare for the next infodemic and earn public trust in public health messages. Four panelists will present on their research projects. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On
Service-Learning Projects and Misinformation for Diverse Audiences Well-designed service-learning projects encourage a multi-disciplinary approach that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, researchers, students, and others in all aspects of the research process. In this presentation, Bethany McGowan will share strategies for developing and launching service-learning projects that promote health literacy education. 1.00 CHIS Level 1 On