UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) PhD student Charlene Finley has received funding from the research section of the Medical Library Association (MLA) to attend the MLA 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, May 18-23 in Atlanta, Ga.
“I am a member of several of MLA’s communities, but I am most excited to engage with the Department of the Army Medical Command Libraries and Department of Veterans Affairs Librarians groups,” Finley said. “I feel that these connections will not only inform my dissertation topic, but will also provide potential collaborations at future conferences with librarians working with the military and veteran populations.”
Finley’s research interests include the health information and seeking behavior and decision-making of marginalized and vulnerable populations. For her dissertation, she is focusing on the health information and decision-making of veteran women as they leave active military service and began to utilize the Veteran’s Health Administration (VA).
“Despite the growing number of veteran women using the VA, they represent a small population in the VA health care system, and are considered a ‘special’ population by the VA,” Finley said. “My dissertation will seek to explore the dynamics of societal norms, gender, and power structures within the VA, and how these factors influence the health information seeking behavior and decision-making of veteran women during their transition to civilian life.”