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Center For Health Disparities Research

Core Investigators

Nancy C. McKeehan, MSLS
Department of Informatics & Library Science

Complete Biographical Sketch

Nancy McKeehan has a B.A. in Russian Area Studies from Indiana University and an MSLS from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has served in various capacities in the MUSC Library since 1973, working in areas of collection development, library systems, and community outreach. As Project Director of the South Carolina Health Information Network (SCHIN), Ms. McKeehan managed the project that automated the libraries of the Medical University and the USC School of Medicine and established the country's first online statewide catalog of medical library resources. is a statewide Web-based directory of health services and resources.

Since 2000, Ms. McKeehan has been working actively in outreach programs.These programs are designed to promote healthier citizens and healthier communities in South Carolina by responding to the need for health information and access to care. Under her direction, two Websites have been developed that are freely available to anyone. Hands on Health-SC
( focuses on health issues that have the biggest effect on people of South Carolina. Go Local-SC

Ms. McKeehan's outreach interests include working with people in underserved communities, teaching them how to find resources, and giving them skills that will help them make better decisions about their health. She has traveled extensively to the rural areas of South Carolina to exhibit Hands on Health at community leader institutes, health fairs, and meetings. Her team presents workshops about evaluating health information on the Internet to community groups, high school students, social service and healthcare providers, and librarians.

Information is a resource that cannot be used up. Hands on Health-SC and Go Local-SC are resources that stay with a community when the academics leave.

The MUSC Library wants very much to partner with other health-focused community outreach projects to lessen the health burdens of South Carolinians.


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