Library mounts community health education efforts in San Antonio and Laredo

Community Health Worker Summit4th Annual Community Health Worker Regional Summit in San Antonio

For the fourth year in a row, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library participated in the San Antonio Community Health Worker (CHW) /Promotor(a) Summit.  The conference, held on March 22, attracted more than 100 area community health workers and students.

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, spoke on major health issues impacting the city.  Other topics covered during the day-long event included: Developing a Career as a Promotor(a), CHW Certification Update and Legislative Action, Clinical Trials, Family Violence, and Colonia Health.

The conference was sponsored by Northwest Vista College and Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare.  Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Services Assistant, demonstrated National Library of Medicine resources for health consumers and the public health workforce.

 Senior Moments Health Fair“Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair at the Laredo Regional Campus

Peg Seger demonstrated consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine at the “Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair held on the Laredo Regional Campus on March 23. Over 60 people visited the library exhibit table, including Laredo community residents, nursing students, and local area health professionals.

The library’s exhibit space was located adjacent to a Tai Chi demonstration area where nursing students and campus administration alike took advantage of a free lesson.  Seniors learned about resources including MedlinePlus, where they can view tutorials on diabetes and other health topics, and NIHSenior Health, which provides information on topics for those over 60.  Nursing students in attendance expressed interest in learning more about MedlinePlus patient handouts and the PubMed database.

Texas Emergency Management ConferenceTexas Emergency Management Conference

The Texas Emergency Management Conference was held March 25-28 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.  The conference attracts around 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas, and provides jurisdictions the opportunity to learn about innovative products and services.

The Briscoe Library began exhibiting at this conference last year, to provide demonstrations of resources available through the National Library of Medicine.  Pictured here is Briscoe Library Outreach Services Assistant Patrick Lemelle, explaining the use of WISER — Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders– to a conference attendee.  WISER, a free online resource provided by NLM, is accessible from mobile devices.