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NCAI Annual Convention & Marketplace: A Gathering of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes!

by Yamila El-Khayat, MALS
Outreach Services Librarian,
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region exhibited National Library of Medicine resources at the 69th Annual Convention & Marketplace of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Sacramento, CA, October 23-25, 2012. Staffing was provided by Kay Deeney, NN/LM PSR Educational Services Coordinator, and Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library. They were ably assisted by several local Network volunteers; including Suzanne Beattie, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Roseville; Alison Clement, Marshall Medical Center Community Health Library, Placerville; Ana Macias, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Valley Area; and Margaret (Peggy) Makie, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Sacramento. All volunteers did a wonderful job to disseminate the information about NLM’s health resources! The NCAI meeting was an important event, bringing together a large group of people, representing many different American Indian tribes from across the nation, along with Alaska Native tribes.

NCAI 69th Annual Convention and Marketplace

At the exhibit booth we highlighted the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit Native Voices. We used computers to show attendees the Native Voices webpage and to explore its various components. Participants were intrigued by the interviews that are featured on the site. The topics covered in the interviews were very interesting to people, especially the fact that interviews are searchable by region of the United States. Another attractive feature for participants was the fact that by visiting the site you can also see parts of the actual exhibition, making it something we could all be part of, without actually being in Bethesda, MD!

Native Voices Banner

At the booth, we demonstrated and promoted many NLM health information resources, including PubMed, the American Indian Health information portal, and MedlinePlus. All sources of information were very useful and valuable to participants. Many visitors had questions about sites to visit for statistical information and others had questions about health information in general. During the meeting, I was also interviewed by a radio station that airs in the four corners area of AZ, CO, NM, and UT. The focus of the interview was on Native Voices, and also included MedlinePlus. Questions also arose about research information, which gave me the opportunity to promote PubMed and the American Indian Health information portal. The program will air sometime in the new year!

The NCAI exhibit was a wonderful opportunity to share health information resources and make connections with different individuals interested in possible partnerships or projects, to work together to help disseminate good quality health information resources as widely as possible.

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