Libraries as Hubs for Citizen Science: Partnering with Academia to Improve the Health of Communities
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer. Many living in rural communities lack access to home radon testing and adequate and affordable mitigation. Community-academic partnerships provide opportunities to achieve health equity by drawing upon respective strengths, expertise, and local knowledge.

Please join NNLM and guest speakers King Simpson and Stacy Stanifer while they discuss their unique partnership.

Logan County (Kentucky) Public Library will discuss its innovative partnership with the University of Kentucky to engage community members as citizen scientists and develop a novel library lending program for digital home radon detectors to reduce barriers to home radon testing in four rural counties (R01ES030380). Preliminary data evaluating the program will be presented.

King Simpson, MSLS, serves as the Director of the Logan County Public Library located in Russellville, KY and Site Principal Investigator (PI) for Radon on the RADAR. As Site PI, Mr. Simpson leads the community-academic team in Logan County to support public health initiatives and achieve social justice in his rural community.

Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS is an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and serves as project manager and co-investigator for Radon on the RADAR. As a nurse scientist, Dr. Stanifer's research focuses on cancer prevention by reducing exposure to radon and tobacco. As project manager, Dr. Stanifer oversees all aspects of the study and works closely with Site PIs to coordinate public health efforts in the respective communities.


1) define citizen or community science;
2) describe how the public library and community-academic partnerships can be utilized to support public health initiatives and achieve social justice in rural communities;
3) apply community-engaged research principles to design a library lending program that is reflective of community norms and promotes health.

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Class Resources:
Radon Information Resources

Class Recording

Class Details

Date(s): November 16, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Platform: Webex
CE Credits: 1.00
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This class is sponsored by Region 1.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: April Wright
Technical Assistance: Rebecca Brown