San Fernando Health and Safety Fair Celebrates 25th Anniversary
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.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for health consumers. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus presents information on over 950 diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in everyday language. Materials are also available in Spanish and over 40 other languages. There is no advertising on the site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product.
Recently MedlinePlus rolled out a new version of its web site that uses Responsive Web Design to provide a consistent user experience from a desktop, tablet, or phone. This is an approach that optimizes the experience of using a web site by adjusting each page for the device you are using, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen. Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen. The homepages have a streamlined appearance, and still provide access to the three main areas of the site – Health Topics, Drugs & Supplements, and Videos & Tools – plus links to the Medical Encyclopedia, Medical Dictionary, current health news, and more.
November 15th ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library
For the second time this year, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event for residents of Laredo and Webb County. The event was sponsored in collaboration between the UT Health Science Center Libraries, the 28th District Congressional Office of Representative Henry Cuellar, the Mid Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the South Texas Development Council. Other organizations belonging to the Enroll Webb County Coalition, and the Laredo Health Coalition also participated.
Congressman Cuellar, along with Laredo area hospital CEOs, was on site to promote the event through local TV and newspaper coverage. A number of area ACA Certified Application Counselors and Navigators provided counseling and enrollment assistance to over 50 registered families who attended the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MRGV AHEC students assisted attendees with setting up email accounts in preparation for ACA Enrollment.