Community Engagement: Elkhart General Hospital/Seed to Feed Learning Garden
The Medical Library proposes to support an innovative Learning Garden at Elkhart General Hospital by training staff with quality clinical and patient education resources sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources. This knowledge is aimed at appropriate literacy levels and is in English and Spanish versions for the purpose of enhancing nutrition instruction. The library will be supporting the Learning Garden's goal: to help patients learn about nutrition via fresh produce demonstrations and to highlight how a healthy diet is part of disease prevention and healing, and ultimately to improve quality of health. If awarded, the Medical Library will provide education sessions for nurse educators and registered dietitians using PubMed, Medline Plus, etc. and offer same instruction to garden and clinic team members. The funding will support the technology needs and supplies that benefit patient learning in six, on campus, outpatient clinics. Library instruction will enhance patient learning via the clinic instructors, and the library will remain an ongoing member of the garden steering committee.