Dr. Tiffany Veinot is an associate professor in the School of Information with a cross-appointment with the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. Dr. Veinot is a member of the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee (BLIRC) at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and recently served as proceedings chair for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Conference on Health Informatics.
Dr. Veinot is a peer reviewer for several research conferences and journals, and her published research has garnered awards from the Journal of Documentation, Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) SIG USE, and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Dr. Veinot received a PhD in information and media studies through the Library and Information Science doctoral program at the University of Western Ontario.
SI 554/HEBHED 654 Consumer Health Informatics
SI 653/HEBHED 653/HMP 670 Evidence-Informed Decision-Making for 21st Century Health Care
What would health information technologies and services look like if we placed the experiences and needs of marginalized groups at the center of their design and implementation? Dr. Veinot’s research pursues this central question through an approach called community health informatics.
Community health informatics aims to improve the reach and impact of health information among marginalized groups, particularly those that experience health disparities. Signature elements of a community health informatics approach include community-engaged research and development of meso-level interventions that function at the community, network or family level. Dr. Veinot’s research includes the following themes:
Factors affecting health information access, acquisition and use in marginalized communities and families.
“Mismatches” between health information systems/services and the needs, priorities and behaviors of their intended user groups.
Examining how groups respond to health information technologies and services that do not meet their needs.
Developing a conceptual basis for community health informatics interventions.
Creating community health informatics design and implementation principles.
Developing and evaluating community informatics interventions.
One of Dr. Veinot’s recent projects researched the role that information exchange dynamics and infrastructures can play in community-level access to health information. This project included collaborative planning and work from the University of Michigan, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Flint Public Library, Inkster Public Library and Watsonia Park Block Association. Dr. Veinot also contributed research to a project that examined the information behavior and HIV testing intentions among young men at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Veinot is also a recipient of a three-year Early Career Development Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for her project, “Families, Illness and Information: An Ethnographic, Longitudinal Study.” She has held or co-held grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).
Dr. Veinot received a PhD in information and media studies through the Library and Information Science doctoral program at the University of Western Ontario. She received her master’s in library sciences and bachelor’s in history and women’s studies from the University of Toronto.