The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the public health agency responsible for providing public health programs in San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County. Services include health code enforcement, food inspections, immunizations, clinical services, environmental monitoring, disease control, health education, dental health, emergency preparedness and issuance of birth and death certificates to the public.
CLHIN is a circuit librarian service provided by the library since 1989 through contracts with hospitals, clinics and health agencies. The service is provided throughout south Texas. CLHIN offers literature searches with supporting documentation in response to information requests for decision making and clinical care among its member institutions.
Speaking about the partnership, Keith Cogdill of the UTHSCSA library said, “Metro Health makes many contributions to the health of the San Antonio community, and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to extend information services in support of the vital work they do.”
The meeting last week was arranged by Jacqueline Peery, a librarian working with Metro Health through the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund Fellowship, in order to present the range of services available to city health personnel through the CLHIN partnership. Approximately 20 Metro Health staff from a range of departments attended two presentations during the day and spoke with CLHIN librarians about mediated literature searches, interlibrary loan, and classes on resources such as WISER (Wireless Information Services for Emergency Responders).
The CLHIN team is excited to be working with Jacqueline and SAMHD, and look forward to a great year.