Sewell Stipend to Attend APHA
Background and History
The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, in 2001 she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The PHHA section of MLA administers the APHA stipend program on behalf of the Fund.
The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve. This identification can increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards stipends to librarians and other information professionals to defray expenses of attending the APHA Annual Meeting each fall.
2014 APHA Conference
This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being.