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Greysi Reyna Receives 2009 DeBakey Library Services Award

Congratulations to Greysi Reyna, Assistant Director of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the recipient of the 2009 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award!

The award, which was established in the early 1990s to recognize contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, MD, honors the work of a health sciences librarian who works in underserved or rural communities.

Since 1995 Greysi, working through the UT Health Science Center’s Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN), has provided librarian services along the Texas-Mexico border in Cameron and Hidalgo counties.  Hospitals and clinics in this area serve predominantly Hispanic populations in urban and rural communities, as well as in the colonias, unincorporated areas that frequently lack potable water, have inadequate sewage systems and a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary housing.  Over the years, Greysi has responded to hundreds of requests for literature searches, and has provided thousands of documents in response to requests for information about the latest disease treatment, diagnosis and quality improvement.  Without circuit librarian services, access to high quality health information by hospitals and clinics in the region would be considerably more difficult.

A key focus of Greysi’s career has been the strengthening of community-based health information resources.   Using materials and online resources developed by the National Library of Medicine, she has trained many groups of promotores—community health workers—to provide reliable health information in their communities.  In 2001 she worked with librarians in the South Texas Independent School District to develop the MedlinePlus Peer Tutor Project at Med High in Mercedes, Texas.  This project was so successful that it was awarded an Institute of  Museum and Library Services Award in 2005.

Greysi’s recognition by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine marks the second time that a UT Health Science Center at San Antonio librarian has been recognized for her outreach efforts.  Mary Jo Dwyer received the first DeBakey Library Outreach Award in 1993.

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