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Re: Oral histories while maintaining medical privacy information

Hi, Kate. This is great information - thank you for responding. I'm finding that there's a lot more to doing interviews with vulnerable populations than I dreamed. I'm so grateful to the people who've responded and increased my knowledge base on this. And you added a new dimension, that of the issue of medical benefits hinging somehow on the interview. I'm also familiar with the Belfast case, which reveals a whole slew of issues in its own right.

Thank you again.


Re: Oral histories while maintaining medical privacy information

Greetings. I can speak to this concern as a person recently interviewed in an oral history workshop that resulted in a recording that could have been included in a publicly available archive in a health-unrelated, general collection. I am on disability benefits and have a very low social media profile. I was concerned that this one-hour fragment of reflections on my life that did touch on my history of illness could be accessed and become part of the record on which my continuing benefits eligibility was determined.

Re: Oral histories while maintaining medical privacy information

Thank you so much - this is great information! I love the approaches used in both projects and will take this information to my committee. I've been learning so much through investigating this process and will enjoy delving into the links you sent me. Again, much appreciated.

Mary Kahle
Austin, Texas