Library Outreach

San Fernando Health and Safety Fair Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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This year was the 25th Anniversary of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are under insured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe Library staff Patrick Lemelle and Peg Seger teamed up again this year on October 3rd to provide an exhibit table at the fair featuring reliable consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

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SMILE: Sharing MedlinePlus/MEDLINE for Information Literacy Education

Photograph of librarian Julie Gaines teaching a group of dental health workersThe SMILE project is a partnership among the UT HSC Libraries, the Gateway Clinic in Laredo, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. SMILE addresses information-access components of Healthy People 2010 and oral-health objectives specified in Healthy Border 2010. The project focuses on improving South Texas public health dental practitioners’ and community health workers’ (“promotores”) awareness of and access to reliable information resources, as well as integrating the best evidence from these resources into their public health dental practice and educational activities. The SMILE project provides information literacy skills needed for lifelong learning. By equipping practitioners with these skills they can impact the lives of patients and their families.

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Two photographs of libarians teaching and working with dental health professionals

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 under the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

 

UT Health Libraries Outreach Services

South Texas Outreach

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The UT Health Libraries are nationally recognized for their outreach services which seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. The goal of  the outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. The Libraries are strong advocates for improved access to health information as a cornerstone for community health and empowerment. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches conducted by medical librarians, and outreach to consumers and community-based organizations.

In 1993 UT Health librarian Mary Jo Dwyer received the first Michael DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. In 2009 Greysi Reyna (shown above), former Assistant Director of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, received the same award. In 2004 the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized UT Health Ramirez Library by awarding them the National Award for Museum and Library Service in recognition of their service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley community. In 2016, the Ramirez Library became part of the newly formed University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) medical school.

In addition to the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the UT Health Libraries also include the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

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