EOA 2012-13: Outreach to Students through College Health Services: Pacific Islanders Pilots
College students are at a time in life when they are developing habits and decisions that affect the direction and quality of their lives. This project seeks to establish partnerships between college libraries and college health services for health outreach to Pacific Islander college students. The two entities are responsible for information (library) and health (student health services) resources and dissemination on a college campus. Personnel in both service areas would receive training on NLM resources. Working together they will develop strategies and activities to inform and prepare students to develop their health literacy and make healthy lifestyle decisions. Participating colleges include the University of Guam and one to three other colleges on Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Republic of Palau (all two-year colleges). All these colleges have Pacific Islander populations with first generation student populations where English is not their first language. An anticipated barrier to health information outreach is the lack of health information in non-English languages. The project hopes to identify specific health topics that need to be developed or revised to address the needs of minority population students. This is a pilot project, so specific recommendations will be developed to promote the benefits of the partnerships and what further work can improve access to health information by college students and their families.