The Libraries hosted a semi-annual Community Advisors meeting in the Briscoe Library on May 10, 2013. Chris Frei, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and Grace Lee, Pharm.D., Translational Science Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Frei, provided a presentation on community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). Since 2011, Dr. Lee has worked closely with Dr. Frei in researching CA-MRSA infections using a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). CA-MRSA skin and soft tissue infections are showing up increasingly in children and young adults. Untreated infections can require painful and costly surgical intervention and can even be fatal.
Community Advisors Meeting is held twice-yearly for the purpose of gathering representatives of organizations with whom the UT Health Science Center Libraries partner on community health initiatives. One benefit of the meetings is that they can lay the groundwork for community education initiatives. Campus libraries in San Antonio, Laredo and Harlingen meet by video teleconference with local advisors. The meetings allow participants to stay informed on community outreach activities throughout the South Texas region, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration.
Those attending in San Antonio (pictured) included: Melanie Stone, Educational Development Specialist in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics; Dr. Chris Frei; Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services; Dr. Fernando Martinez, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College; Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Patrick Lemelle, Briscoe Library Outreach Assistant; Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services; Dr. Grace Lee; Claudia Herrera, CareLink Clinic Outreach and Education Coordinator; and Rafael Maldonado, CareLink Clinic Education Director.
Attending remotely at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen were: Rachel Gomez, LVN, Infection Control and Employee Health, Su Clinica; Genoveva Martinez, Program Coordinator, Migrant Health Promotion; Rachel Udow, Program Specialist, Migrant Health Promotion; Norma Cavazos, Regional Coordinator, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Belinda Senteno, Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Armando Lopez, Director, Lower Rio Grande AHEC; and Kathy Carter, Ramirez Librarian.
Attending remotely at the Laredo Regional Campus Library were: Doug Ferrier, Director of Killam Library at Texas A& M International University; Rodney Webb, Government Documents Librarian at Texas A& M International University; Erika Silva, Laredo Library Assistant; Rey Cruz, Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center; Analiza Perez-Gomez, Laredo Community College Yeary Library; and Jaime Arizpe, Health and Human Services.