News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Librarian Takes a Ride with San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD)

In preparation for planning a workshop session at the 2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference, UT Health Science Center Librarian Peg Seger joined SAFD paramedic Christopher Velasquez (shown below) on a ride to learn more about the work he does as part of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program (MIH). Chris is also a trainer for the San Antonio Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and has been on the San Antonio Fire Department for over 20 years. He has been assigned to the EMS division for the last 13 years.

Shortly after the ride, at the Texas Health Literacy Conference on October 6th and 7th, Chris  provided some stories from the field about how the innovative Mobile Integrated Healthcare program got its start in San Antonio and the impact that it is having in the community for both emergency services and healthcare for vulnerable populations. In addition to being a highly trained paramedic, Chris is also an instructor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Mobile Integrated Healthcare programs are a fairly recent development in U.S communities in comparison to other parts of the world. They tend to develop organically in response to local community needs. The San Antonio program has become a model for other interested communities around the country. Health literacy is central to the work of this program and the MIH paramedics have developed many practical real-world solutions to assisting vulnerable populations in navigating our complex healthcare system.

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2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference

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The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) is a comprehensive program that aims to increase health literacy awareness and efficacy through strategically addressing primary gaps in health literacy.  The Texas Health Literacy conference, through the efforts of SAHLI, has grown to be the largest one of its kind in the state. This year, October 6th and 7th, marked the 12th annual conference. The conference is attended by healthcare administrators, clinicians, social workers, pharmacists, health educators, nurses, and community members interested in health literacy.

Health Literacy is commonly defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, only 12% of adults are considered to be proficient in health literacy.

Briscoe staff librarians Karen Barton (pictured; left) and Peg Seger exhibited at the conference, providing information on consumer and professional health information resources from the National Library of Medicine.

2016 San Fernando Health and Safety Fair

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For over 10 years the University of Texas Health Science Center Briscoe Library has provided health information resources from the National Library of Medicine to attendees of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are underinsured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe  Outreach Librarian Peg Seger met with over 75 exhibit table visitors on the morning of October 1 to discuss ways to find reliable health information. A key part of the Briscoe Library outreach services is to improve community health literacy through the promotion of accurate and authoritative health information.

 

Featured New Books/E-Books for November 2016

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For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

 

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.

 

 

New Leisure Books – November 2016

 

Need a break? Check out the latest titles in the Leisure collection.

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The Leisure collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through library donations.

For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

 

News from the Libraries Oct 2016

The October issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Explore Human Anatomy in 3D with BodyVizbodyviz

3D Printing: Cultivating Creative Collaborations

Featured New Books/E-Books for October 2016

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Explore Human Anatomy in 3D with BodyViz

 

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BodyViz, an interactive 3D visualization software, renders MRI and CT data to allow easy manipulation and exploration of human anatomy.  Working with the Digital Anatomy Lab, the Briscoe Library is expanding access to BodyViz for campus-wide use.  A mobile setup is currently available and a dedicated instance of BodyViz will soon be available in the library.  Contact John Weed or Jeremy Mercier with questions or if you would like a demo.

3D Printing: Cultivating Creative Collaborations

The Briscoe Library’s 3D print service provides a unique platform for students and faculty to engage in interactive and creative 3D modeling solutions. Roughly a year since the inception of this service, students continue to experiment and find interesting applications for 3D printing.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-3-24-53-pmLaura De Jesus Solis, a Master’s student focusing on Cell Systems and Anatomy, is the most recent to work with the 3D print team. Laura is utilizing 3D printing in her thesis project which she says will “focus on introducing new active learning teaching modalities that could help students understand anatomy, especially of the pelvis and perineum regions as they are often difficult to understand. By 3D printing a bony pelvis, we will offer students the opportunity to interactively build a model and learn important spatial relationships of the anatomy.”

View our guide for more information on the library’s 3D printing service.

Featured New Books/E-Books for October 2016

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For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

 

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.

 

 

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.