Since 2007, the UT Health Science Center Libraries have held biannual Community Advisors Meetings for the purpose of gathering representatives of community organizations with whom the UT Health Science Center Libraries partner on community health initiatives. The meetings join the libraries in San Antonio, Laredo, and Harlingen by V-Tel and allow participants to stay updated on community outreach activities and to identify new opportunities for collaboration. The meetings provide a forum for discussion for a wide variety of representatives from public, community and academic libraries, school systems, health departments, local and regional non-profit organizations, medical clinics, community health workers and promotores, as well as UT Health Science Center departments and researchers.
At the upcoming meeting, Stephanie McClain (Project Impact Manager with Methodist Healthcare Ministries) will speak at about the newly awarded Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant that will initiate a new program called Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy Texas for 12 counties in South Texas. The grant will allow Methodist Healthcare Ministries to implement the program designed to improve rates of depression and diabetes in high-poverty communities in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Libraries invite any interested parties to attend.