Working in partnership with the Alamo Area Library System (AALS), the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library recently provided a health information presentation for the Universal City Public Library. Promoting the use of public libraries for consumer health information is part of an effort to address the information needs of growing numbers of Texas residents who are being diagnosed with diabetes. National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health were demonstrated for attendees as examples of reliable sources of diabetes information.
Public and Medical Library Team Up for Consumer Health Information
Reaching Our Spanish-Speaking Audience
The Texas State Library will be offering a series of free workshops to help English-speaking libraries and community centers reach out to Spanish speakers. The day-long workshops will be held around the state over the next few months. South Texas locations include Harlingen, San Antonio, Bandera, Laredo, Beeville, and Carrizo Springs. Topics will include cultural differences, community partnerships, marketing, and technology. The workshops are intended for librarians and their community partners. A brochure and more information are available at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/rosa/.
State of Texas Online Continuing Education
Texas now offers online continuing education through Texas Health Steps (THSteps). Health providers throughout Texas can take online courses on subjects ranging from adolescent health screening and case management to nutrition and mental-health screening. This is a free, self-paced, web-based training program and each module is about one hour long. More information is available at http://txhealthsteps.com/.
Texas Diabetes Institute Continuing Education
Texas Diabetes Institute’s Continuing Education Program provides training opportunities that are tailored to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals working on the front line of diabetes treatment and care. Courses offered focus on the latest in basic and clinical research.
Diabetes Educator Review
Texas Diabetes Institute, San Antonio
April 23-24, 2009
Type 2 Diabetes: Prevention, Intervention and Outcomes
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin
August 22, 2009
10th Annual Southwest Diabetes Symposium
Isla Grand Resort, South Padre Island
October 31 – November 1, 2009
For more information visit, the Texas Diabetes Institute website: http://www.texasdiabetesinstitute.com/diabetes-education/cme/diabetes-cme.shtml
Thanks for MedlinePlus demonstration!
Here’s a comment posted to Twitter this morning:
“@uthsclib Thanks for the MedlinePlus demonstration at the 2011 San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit! Great information for everyone!”
We’re always happy to have a chance to demonstrate great health information sources like MedlinePlus, as our librarians Linda Levy and Peg Seger did at the Community Health Worker/Promotor(a) Summit at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa earlier this month.
Thanks to Eric for a great class
I wanted to take a moment to tell you what a great job Eric did on his presentation on Copyright and Fair Use to the PAS faculty. Eric did a wonderful job in managing the seemingly hundreds of questions that came his way! The faculty had very positive things to say. They agreed that this was a useful session and that they learned a lot, both about copyright and fair use, and what the library has to offer in the way of research tools.
Eric, thank you so much for your great work today. I really appreciated it and I know the faculty did too!
Linda G. Solis, M.A.
Online Teaching and Learning
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
UT Library Staff Members Travel to Laredo
Library staff members recently spent several active days in Laredo. On Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14, Linda Levy and Paula Maez worked with about 30 high school students participating in the MedEd program summer camp. Using scenarios based on the Gulf oil spill disaster, Linda and Paula introduced the students to health professionals and scientists who might be involved and the information resources that they might use. The students learned to use resources such as PubMed (physicians), ToxNet (toxicologists), MedlinePlus (volunteers), the CDC site (food scientists), and the EPA site (epidemiologists and environmental engineers).
On Tuesday afternoon, Paula, Linda, Jorge Martinez, and Keith Cogdill went to Mercy Ministries of Laredo
to bring two laptops and other equipment purchased through Express Outreach Award funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region. The equipment will enhance the delivery of health information that the Mercy promotoras currently provide through community talks and home visits. During this visit, Jorge trained the promotoras to use the equipment, and Linda and the promotoras also spent time practicing with MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español, especially focusing on the education videos.
WISER Class at San Antonio Airport
This morning librarians Linda Levy and Peg Seger taught a class on WISER at the San Antonio Airport’s emergency center. Attendees included personnel responsible for airport operations and security. This session continued the series of classes provided for a variety of emergency personnel in San Antonio and Laredo. Support for these classes is provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region.