196: Noah Lenstra

Steve chats with Noah Lenstra, author of Healthy Living at the Library, about the Let’s Move in Libraries initiative, why it’s important to work with community partners, examples of health literacy programming, and how libraries have adapted their programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noah Lenstra started Let’s Move in Libraries in 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education, where he is an assistant professor of library and information science. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, and in June 2020, his book Healthy Living at the Library was published by Libraries Unlimited. He earned his dissertation in 2016 from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where he also completed his MLIS. 


Healthy Living at the Library
Let’s Move
Let’s Move in Libraries

170: CDC Library Branch, with Julie Fishman

Steve chats with Julie Fishman, Chief of the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the mission and strategic vision of the CDC Library Branch.

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Julie Fishman, MPH, is the Chief, the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She joined the Library Science Branch at in 2016. Julie has 25 years of experience at CDC working in chronic disease, environmental health, and global health programs.  She has worked at CDC since 1993; she began her CDC career as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and later became the Associate Director for Policy in OSH. She served in a one-year detail at the CDC Office of the Director in 2001 immediately following the 9/11 and anthrax attacks.  She has worked on strategic planning and organizational development, program development, policy analysis, and partner coordination in multiple CDC programs across NCCDPHP, NCEH/ATSDR, and CGH, as well as serving as a deputy branch chief within the environmental health laboratory.

Julie received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley in Health Policy and Administration. Prior to joining CDC, she held several positions including as a health policy analyst in the University of California’s Office of Health Affairs, an education assistant at the NYC Commission on Human Rights AIDS Discrimination Division, and a project associate at the AIDS Treatment Registry. 


Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library

153: MK Czerwiec

Steve chats with MK Czerwiec about her career as the Comic Nurse, what graphic medicine is, and why libraries should have it in their collections.

MK Czerwiec is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement (Washington, DC) and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, IL). Her clinical nursing experience is in HIV/AIDS care and hospice care. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She has an MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, where she teaches a course she designed called “Drawing Medicine” to first and second year medical students. She also co-teaches a cross-curriculum course on Graphic Medicine at the University of Chicago. She has a BSN from Rush University in Chicago and a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago. 

She is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017) which was chosen as one of JAMA’s “Best of Graphic Medicine 2017″ and nominated for a 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature award. MK is a co-author of the Eisner-nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (PSU Press, 2014). She is a co-manager of GraphicMedicine.org and host of the Graphic Medicine podcast. MK travels widely to teaching about about Graphic Medicine, with specific focus on comics and end of life. Her next book will be an edited anthology of comics about menopause. She is also contemplating her next graphic memoir, which will be about medical decision making, the history of medicine, and her mother. 

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