“Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens”: Librarian Participates in CSL Project for Fourth Graders


On November 8, Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, did a presentation on evaluating health information websites for a Castroville Elementary fourth grade class that is part of the Community Service Learning (CSL) project “Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens.” The students were given a bookmark with information on National Library of Medicine websites for kids among other handouts.

“Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens” is an interprofessional community service learning project at UT Health San Antonio. Through teaching interactive lessons, the goal of the project is to increase health literacy and establish healthy lifestyle habits in elementary aged students in a rural South Texas community that will carry on into their adult lives. The main topics in the curriculum include proper hand hygiene, asthma care, heart health, diabetes care, first aid, and nutrition. Margaret Ashoo and Cody Carnes are the student leaders of “Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens” and are overseen by School of Nursing professor Laura Sisk and CSL Assistant Director Melanie Stone. Karen is scheduled to present to the four remaining fourth grade classes this month.