From the GMR: Sewell Funding Available for APHA Annual Meeting

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you
attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this
purpose will be awarded to at least 11 librarians in 2013. This
year’s APHA meeting will take place in Boston, MA from November 2-6,
2013. Its theme is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the
Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for application is
Friday July 26, 2013, 5pm EST. For the complete Call for Applicants,
application forms, and FAQs, go to
For more information on the 2013 APHA meeting see .
For more information on the Sewell Fund, see
What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?
The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with
medical and health care professionals. Stipends have been awarded
annually since 2001. Past participants testify to the value of
attending APHA:
“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and
public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true
collaboration shone through the programs.” (Feili Tu)
“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts,
more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers
just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable
about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and
knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin
“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the
scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas
of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a
librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)
“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very
interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t
realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I
think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to
teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)
“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my
patrons’ needs” (Peggy Gross)
“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have
questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my
institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)
The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!
Barbara Folb
GMR Members, please note this GMR blog post by Sandi Bates, a
recipient of last year’s funding:

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX


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