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The Community Health Education Center is staffed by a full-time health sciences librarian, a full-time library assistant and trained volunteers.

Portrait of Dana LaddCHEC Librarian Dana L. Ladd, PhD, associate professor, has more than 18 years of experience as a librarian. Following graduation with a bachelor of arts degree from the College of William and Mary, she earned a master of science degree in information science from the University of Tennessee. In her first professional position at a public library, she managed the library’s consumer health collection. That work sparked her interest in consumer health librarianship. She went on to receive an additional degree as a specialist in library and information science for health sciences and consumer health information from the University of South Carolina. Ladd recently earned a doctorate degree in social and behavioral science from VCU School of Medicine. Her dissertation is titled, “The Information Needs and Sources of Patients Diagnosed with Rare Cancers.”

The CHEC librarian for more than twelve years, she assists patients and their family members in finding reliable health information. She also selects and orders resources, speaks to health care providers’ groups and helps plan monthly health and wellness presentations.

Ladd co-authored “The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources,” which was  published in 2013 by Neal-Schuman Publishers.  Her curriculum vitae Contact her at dlladd@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2429.

CHEC Assistant KJ Ricasata provides resource assistance and informational support to CHEC visitors and patients and their families. He also assists with CHEC programs and events. KJ has more than 12 years of university library experience at VCU. He has held various positions at the James Branch Cabell Library and has most recently worked as the stacks supervisor for the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Public Relations from VCU. Contact KJ at (804) 828-4640 or ricasatakj@vcu.edu.

Volunteers assist patients and their families in using computers, photocopying, faxing and in finding information. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at (804) 828-0922.