On Wednesday, November 14, Julie and Linda, librarians at the UT Health Science Center exhibited at the 10th Annual Health Occupations Planning Exposition (HOPE) in Laredo, TX. They talked to over 100 high school and middle school students about medical librarianship and MedlinePlus™.
HOPE exhibit in Laredo
La Fiesta Del Verano
On Saturday July 24 the UT Health Science Center Library attended the La Fiesta Del Verano Community Expo held at South Park Mall. The event was sponsored by the Palo Alto Community Center and featured the H.E.Buddy and a Karate exhibition, along with various booths. The UT Health Science Center Library demonstrated MedlinePlus to over fifty weekend mall shoppers that afternoon.
Laredo 14th Annual Health Occupations Planning Exposition (HOPE)
Sponsored by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of the Mid Rio Grande Border Area of Texas
Students and teachers alike were very interested in a number of the features of
MedlinePlus and learning how NLM resources could be used for class projects. In
student health fairs, the MedlinePlus Videos & Cool Tools section often
gets the most immediate attention. We also handed out materials on ToxNet and
heard comments that some classes were working on projects with related topics and that this was a resource that they could use. We used the iPad exclusively at this fair and found that students were more apt to try their hand at looking up topics in MedlinePlus while also getting a chance to use the iPad.
Latino Diet – can be good for you?
The Latino Nutrition Coalition, a consortium of industry, scientists, chefs and Oldways Preservation Trust, has banded together to provide information for better Latino health through traditional foods and lifestyles. Their first initiative, Camino Mágico, is a supermarket guide that assists Latinos with appropriate food choices from traditional latino foods. The guide is downloadable and is a great educational tool that can be distributed at health fairs, etc. http://www.latinonutrition.org/pdf/CaminoMagico.pdf
The group has also created a Latino Food Pyramid which incorporates a variety of traditional Latino foods and shows how they can contribute to a healthy, balanced eating pattern.
The site is also available in Spanish.
Lotería de salud #11: La estrella
Bueno, después de un descanso imprevisto, regresamos de nuevo con ¡la lotería de salud! Esta semana nos toca “la estrella” — porque aquí en el Sur de Texas está para llegar un evento anual muy importante: la Operación “Lone Star”.
Este año 2008 marca el décimo año para este programa cooperativo de las Fuerzas Armadas de Texas, la Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos, y muchos otros voluntarios. Durante dos semanas — del 28 de julio hasta el 8 de agosto — el programa ofrecerá servicios médicos, servicios dentales, e información sobre salud, totalmente gratuitos a toda la comunidad, en ocho lugares en siete condados del Sur de Texas.
En este comunicado de prensa en español de la Senadora Judith Zaffirini, se explica la Operación Lone Star del año pasado 2007, mientras este comunicado de prensa en inglés y este artículo del Rio Grande Guardian explican los planes para el programa este año. Pero las preguntas más importantes son: ¿dónde y cuándo? Estos son los detalles importantes, y si hace clic en los enlaces, encontrará mapas a los lugares de servicio:
Clínicas abiertas desde el 28 de julio hasta el 1° de agosto:
Brownsville: Raul A Besteiro Middle School, 6280 Southmost Road
Mission/La Joya: Cesar Chavez Middle School, Expressway 83 and Showers Road
Raymondville: Raymondville High School, One Bearkat Lane
San Juan: PSJA High School, 805 W. Ridge Road
Clínicas abiertas desde el 4 de agosto hasta el 8 de agosto:
Laredo: United South High School, 4001 Avenida Los Presidentes
Rio Grande City: Fort Ringgold Middle School, Fort Ringgold Campus
Zapata: Zapata Middle School, 17th Avenue and Carla Street
Clínica abierta desde el 6 de agosto hasta el 8 de agosto:
Hebbronville: Hebbronville Middle School, 910 N. Willhelma
Este es una oportunidad y un programa muy importante — ¡qué corra la noticia!
Nueces County Medical Society and Alliance Health Fair
The 42nd Annual Health Fair, sponsored by the Nueces County Medical Society and Alliance, will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007, 8 am – 3 pm, at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, 1901 N Shoreline Blvd in Corpus Christi. Over 180 booths will be available for the public to visit: parents can sign kids up for Medicaid and CHIP, students can receive free school physicals, the American Heart Association will offer CPR training, and the public has the opportunity to receive a variety of free tests including glucose, cholesterol, vision, hearing, glaucoma, EKGs, skin cancer, and breast screens.
Operation Lone Star in Laredo
Operation Lone Star is currently underway in Laredo, at Louis J. Christen Middle School. It is a joint operation by government, military, and civilian organizations to provide free health and dental care to Texas border residents. The Laredo site was busy as many members of the community came to receive care, including immunizations, physical examinations, and basic dental care. Staff from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio libraries attended OLS in Laredo to promote good health information resources. The library staff showed visitors how to MedlinePlus to find reliable up-to-date health information on the Internet, in English or Spanish.
Outreach from your local medical library
Did you know that many medical libraries provide outreach services for their local communities? Linda Levy and Julie Gaines recently taught classes for school nurses from the Laredo Independent School District. The nurses received CNE credit for the classes on Patient Education Resources and Basic PubMed. UT HSC librarians have also taught MedlinePlus programs for senior citizens, participated in community health fairs, and taught PubMed and MedlinePlus for caregivers and community health workers. Take advantage of your medical library to offer valuable training to professionals and non-professionals in your community!
Promoting Reliable Health Information to Elementary School Students
On Friday, August 21, staff from the UT Health Science Center Libraries exhibited at Colonial Hills Elementary in San Antonio for their Welcome Back to School day. The staff shared the National Library of Medicine’s reliable health information resources: MedlinePlus, South Texas Go Local, ToxMystery, and Household Products Database. The students and parents received information that could be used for school projects and for their families’ health.
Ramirez Library Staff Participate in Hurricane Preparedness Fair
It’s hurricane season, and local agencies are working to help communites in the the Rio Grande Valley get prepared. On June 29th staff from the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library lent a hand at a hurricane preparedness outreach fair in Brownsville. Information related to emergency preparedness, evacuation, and recovery was shared with over 200 community participants. Library staff shared disaster information resources from the National Library of Medicine including a presentation by Greysi Reyna on MedlinePlus. Library staff also setup an exhibit of historical photographs from the Hurricane Beulah Collection at the Ramirez Library. The fair was organized by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Border Affairs in partnership with Texas A&M AmeriCorps and Cameron and Willacy Counties Community Projects, Inc.