Megan Fratta, MLS: Community Outreach and Global Health Librarian: Home
MLS, University of Maryland College Park
BA, Health Administration and Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Megan is the Community Outreach and Global Health Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at UNC Chapel Hill. In this role Megan collaborates with statewide and University health outreach and research projects. She provides information and education services to support evidence-based practice and builds relationships with practitioners, researchers and students working on global health projects. She presents patient literacy concepts to health professionals and students. Additionally, she provides teaching and consultation related to health literacy and best practices in patient communication.
Previously she was a contract librarian at HSL where she conducted literature searches and provided instruction and research support to students, faculty, and staff. She was selected as an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD from 2016-2017, where she conducted an assessment of cancer researcher's PubMed training needs and tracked legislation of importance to NLM and medical libraries.
Services and Expertise
Megan can assist students, faculty, medical staff, and community partners with:
- Workshops on evaluating free health information on the web, and locating reliable and authoritative resources for specific health topics
- Instruction on health literacy resources and strategies, including making print materials easier-to-understand using plain language and the teach-back method
- Improving patient-health professional communication
- Identifying needs, planning, and providing information and education services to support evidence-based practice in global health projects
- Partnering with UNC organizations, departments, and institutes to support global health projects
- Conducting in-depth expert literature searches to support global health research, teaching, and service
Presentations and Publications
Mani, N.S., Fratta, M., Carlson, R., & Cawley, M. (2020). Meeting Information Needs through Global Partnerships: A Roadmap to Becoming a Global Health Sciences Library. Journal of Library Administration, 60(7). 830-851. https://doi.org/10.1080/01930826.2020.1803021
Ottosen, T., Mani, N. S., & Fratta, M.N. (2019). Health information literacy awareness and capacity building: Present and future. IFLA Journal, 45(3), 207–215. https://doi.org/10.1177/0340035219857441.
Fratta, M. (2019). Review of Small Nerves, Big Problems: A Comprehensive Patient Guide to Small Fiber Neuropathy, by T. D. Levine and D. Saperstein. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 23(2) 176-177. https://doi.org/10.1080/15398285.2019.1614855
Fratta, M. N. (June 2017). Voyant Tools: In Our Toolkit. NAHRS Newsletter (37)3.
Norton, C, Fratta, M., Godwin, K, Moses, T. (August 2017). A Year of Connections. Musings from the Mezzanine [blog], National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.
Kellner, M. N., Tchangalova, N., Gammons, R. W., Carroll, A. J., & Payne-Sturges, D. C. (2016). Collaborating for success: A case study on mentoring, partnering, and teaching. Collaborative Librarianship, 8(4).
Mani, N.S., Cawley, M., Ottosen, T. & Fratta, M.N. (August 2020). Engaging for Health in Rural and Underserved Communities. Lightning talk presented at the Medical Library Association 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtual).
Fratta, M. (December 2019). Adulting 101: Building Undergraduate Students’ Health Literacy Skills. Lightning talk presented at North Carolina Library Instruction Network (NCLINe) First Annual Meeting in Raleigh, NC.
Fratta, M. & Kennedy, C. (May 2019). Adulting 101: Elevating the health literacy skills of undergraduates. Poster presented at the Medical Library Association 2019 Annual meeting in Chicago, IL.
Fratta, M. (May 2019). Adulting 101: Health literacy workshops for undergraduate students. Poster presented at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 2019 health Literacy Conference in Costa Mesa, CA.
Fratta, M. N. & Moreton, E. O. (October 2017). “Burnout, Professional”[MeSH]: A study on the subject of medical librarian burnout. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Staunton, VA.
Fratta, M. N. (October 2017). Prioritizing cancer researchers’ PubMed training needs. Lightning Talk presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Staunton, VA.
Fratta, M., Godwin, K., Moses, T., & Norton, C. (August 2017). An Inside Look at the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. Webinar presented for Beyond the SEA, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeast Atlantic Region.
Kellner, M. (October 2016). PubMed for Nurses: Creating a Tutorial for the National Library of Medicine. Webinar presented for PNR Rendezvous, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region.
Kellner M. (September 2016). PubMed for Nurses: Creating a Tutorial for the National Library of Medicine. Poster presented at the 2016 MLA Tri-Chapter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Kellner, M. & Fravel, C. (May 2016). From Student to Teacher: Effective Methods for Graduate Students Learning to Teach. Poster presented at the 2016 LOEX National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.