Express Outreach Award 2008: Empowering the Community with Health Literacy
Building on the success with Health Information Literacy, the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library (PCOM) will implement an outreach training partnership based at four San Diego community centers and libraries in 2008-9. The PCOM library will conduct a series of health information computer workshops and hands-on classes to a broad audience. The sessions will be held at the San Diego Public Library (the central library and 2-3 branches), the Riford Adult Community Center, the El Cajon SD County Library, and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine classrooms and library computer lab. Content will include how to access MedlinePlus, PubMed and other reliable websites. The health topics aim to improve wellness, provide informed decision-making and further public health with disease prevention information, including subjects such as Cancer, Heart, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, HIV/AIDS, and Dementia. There are two overall goals:1.To provide instructional workshops/ classes for consumers and health professionals of all ages and ethnic groups.2.To provide capacity building presentations for center and library staff to enhance their services.