EOA 2015-2016: Building an Environmental Health Information Program: Charles R. Drew University (CDU) Pipeline and the CDU Health Sciences Library
The primary goal of the project is to introduce high school students and their teachers to the National Library of Medicine Environmental Health information resources. Select NLM environmental health information resources will be explored during the project including: Haz-Map, TOXMAP, Tox Town, and ToxMystery. Additionally, other NLM databases will be used to augment the environmental health resources, such as: MedlinePlus and PubMed. The CDU Health Sciences Library Director will work with members of the CDU Pipeline program to develop an environmental health information resource curriculum which can be used by select pipeline programs. The Library Director will seek permission from the Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library to use content materials which have been identified by the PSR to incorporate in the planned curriculum. A syllabus will be created to introduce participants to NLM' s environmental health information resources. The Project Coordinator will schedule training sessions and workshops in the Library's Learning Resource Centers. The project will consist of 10-15 sessions with participants examining, and demonstrating the use of the resources and creating environmental health projects. In addition, the Projector Coordinator will promote the training sessions using flyers and emails announcing the workshops and training events. The project will be evaluated by using a survey, one or more focus groups and/or interviews with select participants. The Project Manager anticipates the short-term goal of the awareness and knowledge of NLM's environmental health resources by participants. The project further seeks to demonstrate the use of NLM environmental health information resources as a primary tool to improve health and to further support research to eliminate health disparities.