Lightning Talks: Health Connect of South Dakota, Moby Bookmobile at Arapaho Indian Health Services, Mullerian Anomalies

To register for this event visit the NNLM 2024 Showcase Symposium hosted by vFairs.

Region 4’s lighting presentations will feature speakers from a variety of organizations who have received NNLM grants to improve health education and literacy with an emphasis on serving minority populations. 


Fran Rice has worked in the healthcare industry with government agencies, major healthcare system and community organizations. It was the work in hospitals and observation of patients and families trying to obtain information to understand their medical situation that led her to be involved with the not-for-profit Children’s Medical Library, which is now called Health Connect of South Dakota. As executive director for Health Connect, Fran provides outreach programs throughout the state and oversees the organization’s operations.

Robin Levin is a Fort Washakie School/Community librarian and has been working among the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes since 1981. Her work has included many awards and recognition for the outreach to Wind River Indian Reservation patrons, young and old. Covering a remote, Wyoming landscape requires miles of driving to reach as many families as possible, promoting literacy and healthful life choices.

Alyssa Grimshaw is the Clinical Research and Education Librarian at Yale University’s Cushing / Whitney Medical Library. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, MBA in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University, Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Interprofessional Informationist from Simmons University and is currently an MPH candidate at Dartmouth.  

Miranda Margetts is an Assistant Research Professor with the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at Montana State University, where she is a member of their Community Engagement Core and research faculty. Miranda also has a research affiliate position with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University. She is currently involved in several National Institutes of Health funded research projects related to women's reproductive health care, and cancer prevention. She received her PhD from Montana State University, LLM from Australian National University, and LLB from the University of Queensland

  • Discuss replicable projects funded by Region 4 grants 
  • Assess the approaches grantees took to develop community relationships
  • Evaluate the approaches used to address the the challenges and rewards grantees made 

This project supports the mission of the NNLM by improving the public’s access to information and enabling them to make informed decisions about their health. 

To register for this event visit the NNLM 2024 Showcase Symposium hosted by vFairs.

Class Details

Date(s): January 24, 2024
Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM EST
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: MLA
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Host/Instructor: Lauren Wittek
Technical Assistance: Tony Nguyen

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