Knowledge Resource Specialist
Maria holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has ten years of experience specializing in medical librarianship, assisting physicians, nurses, and global health researchers in clinical and academic settings. Her specific experiences include serving as a global health informationist at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine where she consulted on systematic reviews, information management, and global health resource libraries. She also provided training and lectures to the Johns Hopkins international community on expert searching, open access publishing and authorship, and research metrics. Examples of her consulting projects include the resource library for the International Institute for Primary Health Care-Ethiopia, a Bill Gates funded project, and the resource library for the PAHO Global Alliance of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition, she has led certification trainings for HINARI, a global health resource portal established as a program between the WHO and several major medical publishing vendors.
Maria sees all her skills contributing to one end goal — that of providing the best information to those making quality decisions for health care policies, community care, and individual patient care. In the health care ecosystem, she is dedicated to understanding the information needs of those health professionals who may be in a position to create lasting change. She brings this passion to ChildKind International in building and maintaining a robust resource library to serve those dedicated to establishing quality care in the management of pediatric pain.