EOA 2012-13: Community Mini-Conferences on Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Health Information
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library (PCOM) will lead the Community Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Health Information Outreach Program in collaboration with the County of San Diego-Public Health Service (SDPHS), to conduct six local mini-conferences at partnering sites. The Libraries of SD Public, SD County and Chula Vista, the AME Prince Chapel/Church, the La Jolla Community Center and the PCOM/UCSD Integrative Medicine Group are the six collaborating participants. The project goals are to conduct mini-conferences that promote access to disaster and emergency preparedness health information, and increase awareness and use of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)'s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)'s resources. The meetings will feature PHS emergency speakers and PCOM library instructors. They will provide cross training opportunities to benefit emergency public health responders, health professionals, librarians, and the public. Attendees will learn where and how to get quick access to online emergency health information resources, from mobile devices to WISER, MedlinePlus.gov, and other related sites during San Diego wildfires, earthquakes, blackouts, and hazardous disasters. The aim is to encourage partnerships among medical librarians, emergency responders, and health workers to share their expertise and resources for recovery planning with each other, and with local geographically dispersed organizations throughout SD County (e.g. churches, community centers, corporate and public libraries, and health practitioner groups). The PCOM library staff is experienced in conducting mini-conferences that combine speakers with subject expertise and information access training using the NLM resources.