Health Information Outreach Award 50
Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML), the Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at Georgetown University Medical Center provides library and information services to faculty, staff and students at the the Georgetown University School of Medicine (SOM) as well as the clinicians and staff at the MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center (MGUH). DML has partnered with Mary's Center (http://www.maryscenter.org/), a community health clinic in the Washington, DC area. DML and Mary's Center (MC) are seeking funding for a project which would allow for development of a collaboration between academic health science librarians, patients from underrepresented and underserved populations in the DC area and clinicians providing services to these communities. The proposed project would involve provision of training by DML librarians to healthcare practitioners in the use of National Library of Medicine databases such as PubMed, MEDLINEPLUS, PubMed Health and ToxNet. In addition the DML principle investigator would coordinate purchase of tablet devices for use by patients at MC for exploration of National Library of Medicine products geared for the consumer while onsite at MC. Mary's Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves over 36,000 men, women, and children and provides comprehensive health, social, and education services to underserved, underinsured, and uninsured individuals in the D.C. metropolitan region as well as to newcomers from over 100 countries. MC operates five comprehensive health centers: two currently open in Washington, D.C., as well as one scheduled to open in mid-October, 2016, plus one each in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland. All social and educational services are provided free of charge, and no one is turned away from medical services for lack of payment. MC served 36,636 unduplicated individuals in 2015. Many clients using MC services are non-English speakers with most speaking Spanish.