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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

Reflecting on the Health Promoter of the New Millennium: 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference

by Yamila El-Khayat, MALS, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

I recently attended the 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference, whose theme this year was The Essence of the Promoter in the New Millennium. The conference took place December 4-6, 2014, in Los Angeles. The conference is put together by an organization called “Vision Y Compromiso,” meaning Vision and Compromise. This organization was established 14 years ago, with a goal to provide training, leadership, and ongoing advocacy to support promotores and community health workers in California. Throughout the years, this conference has become so popular that it now attracts attendees from all over the world. The event is held annually and focuses on self-empowering education programs, with health as a main subject. We have seen this event grow in popularity each time we attend. (more…)

Workshop Recap for “Turning Outward: Community Assessment 101″

During October and most of November, many of our network member librarians participated in the comprehensive online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: the Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course is built upon the foundational concept that to serve the community well, one must truly understand it. The first course assignment requires a community health needs assessment, and students are directed to several resources for existing demographics and community health indicators. While this approach is very good for statistics and data, it misses an important angle – the community voice. (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2014!

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is “Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Arizona Hosts 41st Annual Rural Health Conference

AHSL Exhibit at the Rural Health Conference

By Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

This year, on August 7-8, Arizona hosted its 41st annual Rural Health Conference and 9th Annual Performance Improvement Summit. The focus of this conference was access to healthcare and support for rural areas with attempts to build partnerships to strengthen projects and programs all across the state, along with other topics of interest such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants included Critical Access Hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Quality Managers, and IT personnel.

The conference was hosted by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, attracting 146 registrants. It was held in Litchfield Park, a suburb of the Phoenix area, making it a central location for attendees. The conference consisted of both sessions and informational exhibits. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Saÿen from the Regional Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in San Francisco, who noted the ACA benefits and what it meant for Arizona.

The event also included exhibitors, one of which was the Arizona Health Sciences Library, offering information about both MedlinePlus and PubMed. This opportunity to talk to administrators of rural area hospitals and clinics was unique, and it offered a chance to provide them with information about the possibility of providing training at their institution for both consumer health communities and providers wanting to learn more about navigating resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2013-2014!

By Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian and
Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Our outreach goals for Arizona are to provide programs to a variety of audiences and to respond to needs in a timely manner, and to improve health literacy and access to accurate health information statewide. We aim to facilitate access to high quality, current, and reliable health information through training, consultation, and collaboration. Specifically we specialize in presenting training and workshops around the state that assist librarians, health professionals, K-12 students, and members of the public become more effective users of the Internet and electronic resources. We had several highlights this year. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library as a Partner with Faith-Based Organizations

by Darlene Parker-Kelly, Library Director
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Library
Los Angeles, CA

Since 2010, the Charles R. Drew University (CDU) Health Sciences Library has been involved in NN/LM PSR Health Information Literary Outreach activities. The outreach project outlined below took place at Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles and we welcomed partnership from many neighboring churches, including Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and Southern Missionary Baptist Church. The churches are all located in South Los Angeles and many of the churches have begun health initiatives to help parishioners understand health conditions that plague African American communities. (more…)

Improving Health Literacy: Applying Knowledge Gained from the IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference was held May 7-9 in Irvine, CA. The conference attracts people from all over the country, including health educators, clinicians, public health workers, health insurance and systems personnel, librarians, and many others who have a need to understand best practices for improving health literacy among the population. The conference theme was ‘Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,’ an especially important and timely topic this year after the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. (more…)

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento) Health Information Ambassador Program

by Theresa Johnson, MLIS
Medical Librarian
Sutter Resource Library
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

In April 2013, the Sutter Resource Library received outreach funding support from NN/LM PSR, to enhance our pilot project to “bring the library to the patient.” This pilot was based on the Health Information Ambassador Program implemented at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego by Jackie Davis, MLIS, (MLA News June/July 2012). The program is a partnership between the medical library and the volunteer services department at the hospital. Jackie was very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience, as well as providing samples of a “Health Information Request” form and cover letter that we could customize. We used the same name for our pilot program, which became library HIA, for short. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Kids in Technology and Sciences

by Sophia Prisco, MLIS
Health Sciences Librarian
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, CA

In the spring of 2012, an NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award funded the Kids in Technology and Science (KITS) outreach program, which allows American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) nursing and pharmacy students to facilitate health literacy workshops at Kettering Elementary School. The goals of the KITS outreach project are to promote NLM resources, increase health awareness, and encourage careers in the health sciences. The program also aims to strengthen the role of librarians in the delivery of health information. (more…)

NLM Seeks Input on the Future of the NN/LM: Responses Due by June 26!

The National Library of Medicine has issued Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157, to seek input from a wide variety of current and potential user communities, including health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, for recommendations on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to health information. (more…)