April 27, 2017

Sandy Tharp-Thee | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Advocates


When Sandy Tharp-Thee started as director at the Iowa Tribal Library in Perkins, OK, in 2009, she didn’t even have a shoestring budget. As she was introduced around the tribal offices, Tharp-Thee carried a big bag and asked for supply donations for children’s crafts.

The Library Is In

GET WELL HERE Library health services span a wide range of sizes and approaches. Top: Pima Cty. Health Department library nurse Barbara Oppenheimer gives a patron a shot at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch. 
Bottom: at Pima’s Valencia Branch, nurse Mary Frances Bruckmeier (l.) discusses health care. 
Photos courtesy of the Pima County PL

Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This isn’t surprising—thanks to the open access movement, there are a plethora of reliable medical sources out there, but many are not written for a lay audience. Meanwhile, drug companies on the one hand and anti–traditional medicine advocates on the other flood the Internet with authoritative-sounding contradictory material.