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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…)

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…)

Seizing the Opportunity: Creating a Campus-Wide Symposium on Women’s Health Research!

Women's Health Research Logo

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

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) recently developed and carried out a campus-wide symposium on Women’s Health Research: Sex and Gender Differences, held in Tucson. The all-day event was held at the student union on the main University of Arizona campus. Our goals were to raise the visibility of women’s health research and sex and gender differences at the university, by creating a forum where University of Arizona faculty can present and share their research, provide an opportunity for researchers from both the health sciences campus and main campus to meet informally and engage students, trainees (postdocs, fellows, residents), junior faculty, and other researchers, and to support new researchers as they embark on a career in this discipline. The project was funded by a subcontract from the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The librarian planning team from AHSL who put this symposium together in approximately six months consisted of Brooke Billman, Yamila El-Khayat, Annabelle Nuñez, Ahlam Saleh, and Jeanette Ryan. (more…)

NLM Funds Four New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the fourth year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine. (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…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Public Access to the Coachella Valley 2013 Community Health Monitor Results

by Eileen Packer, RD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC, Inc.)
Palm Desert, CA

In January 2006, the California Wellness Foundation, the Desert Healthcare District Foundation, and the Regional Access Project Foundation convened on behalf of a health data collection system for the Coachella Valley, located in Southern California’s eastern Riverside County. In September 2006, Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) was incorporated, and by February 2007, became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In alignment with our mission, the triennial community health assessment is the centerpiece of our core competencies. HARC was the recipient of a 2013 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award of $9,000 to announce and distribute the 2013 community health monitor survey results during a public forum of community leaders. (more…)

Announcing the 2014-15 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2014-15 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2014. The projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers, and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. (more…)