Staying Well Connecteds

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School of Nursing Historical Photographs On Display

Please come take a look at the latest library exhibit!

In honor of the recent National Nurses Week and the 2019 50th Anniversary of the UT Health School of Nursing (SON), a photography exhibit has been installed in the library. The exhibit features photographs from the archives of the Briscoe Library and the SON collection. Note: A number of the photographs discovered in the SON collection while preparing for the 50th Anniversary will become part of the library archival collection making them accessible to a wider audience.

With one exception, all of the photographs on display can generally be identified as circa 1970s and 1980s. Historical photographs often come to library archives unidentified which is the case with some of the photographs on display.  Challenge: However, one photograph is distinctly more recent than the others and we think viewers will be able to tell which it is.

For questions about the library archives, please contact Melissa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or dethorne@uthscsa.edu.

 

 

New Library Reflection Room Dedicated During Fiesta Celebration

 

Omar Akram

Helen Fleck

It’s been a little over a year since a student group led by Omar Akram came to Briscoe Library with a proposal to set aside a room for a meditation space where students would be able to pray or meditate in privacy and comfort. Thanks to many campus collaborators on the project, a room was identified and eventually transformed into a new space that was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting and reception during Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th.

Doing the honors for the ribbon-cutting were Omar Akram and Helen Fleck, SGA Secretary. Pictured below are John Kaulfus, (Chief Student Affairs Officer, Title IX Director) representing the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, Paulina Mazurek (Director of Wellness & Professional Formation) representing the Office for Undergraduate Medical Education, and Owen Ellard Senior Director of Libraries. Attending along with many other students, faculty and staff was Arthur Campos (Architect) representing the Office of Facilities Management and many of his team who worked on the creation of the room.

The room, decorated to inspire a reflective atmosphere, also features 6 black and white photos from a collection taken by campus photographer (Creative Media Services), Brandi Jenkins.

For more information about the room, please contact Peg Seger, segerp@uthscsa.edu.

The UT Healthier Youth Recipe and Resource Booklet: A Successful Health Information Literacy Project

 

 

This summer, UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East Independent School District (NEISD), the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council, and the UT Teen Health Clinic partnered to distribute UT Healthier Youth Recipe and Resource Booklets. This project was developed by librarian Karen Barton and funded with federal dollars through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM/SCR) Express Outreach Award. The booklets included nine healthy, kid-friendly recipes and pages listing online health information resources for kids and teens. A primary goal of the project was to increase awareness of NLM K-12 consumer health resources and promote healthy behaviors for youth in grades 3-12 who are at risk for poor health outcomes.  Another goal was to motivate youth to actually use the NLM K-12 health information resources and healthy recipes found in the booklet. From June 28-September 29, 2018, a total of 2,663 booklets were distributed directly to youth and to organizations that serve youth. There were over 750 more youth in more areas of the city reached than there were during the library’s NNLM/SCR-funded Youth Health Literacy Challenge project in 2017.

NEISD staff were instrumental in distributing 645 booklets to youth at four San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) branches during feeding times for their Summer Food Service Program. Additionally, 350 booklets were given to library staff at three other SAPL branches to distribute to youth. The UT Teen Health Clinic distributed 149 booklets and the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council, which consists of nearly 70 teens from across the city who promote sexual health to their peers, received training on online health information resources and were given 432 booklets to distribute—one each to keep for themselves and five each to distribute to peers. Overall, 19 organizations that serve youth participated in distributing the booklets and also included the YWCA, a middle school, high school, and afterschool and extracurricular programs.

Research by von Hippel, Powell, Downey, & Rowland (as cited in McLaughlin, 2012) shows that many American families lack access to healthy meals for their children during the summer and that children gain weight two to three times faster during summer months in comparison to the school year. Since 2016, NEISD has provided the Summer Feeding Program and chosen feeding sites based on the student family income at the neighboring school. In 2017, they served a total of 7,308 free meals for children and adults in San Antonio Public Library branches near schools that reported high numbers of low income students. Due to NEISD and Bexar County demographics and statistics, it is very likely that this project reached those most at risk for obesity, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions, and those most in need of health information and health literacy.

Project partners received great feedback that indicated that the project was making a difference in communities. A grandmother who is raising grandchildren told UT Health San Antonio Libraries staff that she was happy to have been given more recipe ideas through the booklet since, as she stated in jest, it seems as though all her family eats is rice and beans. NEISD staff at Brookhollow Library reported that several parents who had received a booklet had tried some of the recipes. There were 132 teens and parents or other chaperones trained on online health information resources at the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council Summit. All participants indicated on NNLM training session evaluation forms that they either “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” that the training improved their ability to find useful online health information, indicating an improvement in health information literacy. Nearly all of them also expressed eagerness to use and tell others about the NLM resources. Additionally, Youth Leadership Council teens were surveyed later regarding their outreach and reported that some of their family members and peers had tried the recipes or were happy to receive a booklet due to the content. One teen reported, “All of my friends thought that these booklets were cool and excited to receive them.” Out of 66 teens, 22 responded to the second survey. The majority of the teens surveyed, 63.6% (14), reported that they had visited at least one health information website since their training at the summit and 77.3% (17) indicated that they had tried or planned to try a recipe found in the booklet.

For more information on this and other library outreach initiatives, feel free to contact Karen Barton at bartonkd@uthscsa.edu or Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Student Olivia Hart Inspires Exercise Desks at Briscoe Library

Olivia Hart
MD Candidate 2021
UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

Based on her experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado, Olivia Hart first proposed the idea of exercise desks to the UT Health Briscoe Library in the fall of 2017. With Olivia’s recommendations, the library identified some highly rated bike and treadmill options to consider. Olivia proposed the options to fellow Class of 2021 students in a poll to see which would prove the most popular. Based on the results of the poll and other feedback from library surveys, one treadmill desk and three exercise bikes were purchased by the Library.

By the spring of 2018, space was cleared in a light-filled area on the Library 5th floor that offers great views of the campus. The exercise equipment is available to everyone in the UT Health community 24/7/365.

Thank you to Olivia and all of the students who participated in this project!

 

Thank You to Library Exam-Time Refreshment Sponsors!

 

While students are hard at work in the Library studying for exams, a number of generous sponsors have been providing refreshments on some evenings. The refreshments give students a chance to take a short break in the Library to re-energize and socialize before getting back to an evening of study.

Monday, April 30th: School of Nursing

Tuesday, May 1st: Student Life

Wednesday, May 2nd: School of Health Professions

Wednesday, May 9th: Graduate Student Association

The Library hopes to continue exam-time refreshments each semester. If you or your school, department or committee are interested in providing a sponsorship, please contact Peg Seger, 210-567-6398, segerp@uthscsa.edu.

 

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

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