The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region awarded a subcontract to the The Edgewood Family Network (EFN) in San Antonio for their project, TECNO: Technology-Enhanced Community Neighborhood Organization. The project plans to foster access to electronic consumer health information among families in EFN’s service area by relying an existing group of youth, the “Tekkies”. This project is allowing EFN to build on its previous success at addressing health concerns within a community that the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has identified as a high-priority area.
On Monday, June 8, the library staff met with six members of the “Tekkie” team along with the program coordinator. Julie K. Gaines taught them how to used MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus en Espanol, and Go Local. The “Tekkies” will use these resources when they go into homes of local residents to promote reliable health information. Along with these resources, Julie identified the critieria for evaluating health information on the web, which will help the “Tekkies” when recommending reliable sites for the local residents.
The “Tekkies” will visit the library again in July for a session on health careers and other health resources for their project.