Outreach Programs

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Since 1980, the Lewis Library has provided outreach to health professionals, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations, independent medical facilities, medical researchers, librarians, and legal consultants in the medical and health fields. The goal of our outreach programming is to provide awareness of authoritative health information resources and to teach strategies for effectively searching the health and clinical literature. Examples of past outreach programs are described below. 

Contact Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, Outreach Librarian / Bibliotecaria de Enlace Comunitario, at 817-735-2469 to learn more about outreach programs or future collaborative opportunities.

Past Programs:

Consumer health and diabetes education program for low income communities within central Fort Worth.

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: The Library, in collaboration with the United Community Centers, Inc., a United Way program partner agency, and the Tarrant County Public Health Chronic Disease Prevention Department offered diabetes health education programming and instruction describing how to effectively search the authoritative consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine. The target community was underserved, lower income minority communities within central Fort Worth, Texas.

Advancing the Health Literacy of Underserved Seniors in Tarrant County

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: Lewis Library, in conjunction with P.A. Studies, taught a Health Literacy program at five regional Senior Resource Centers within Tarrant County. Underserved regions were selected by focusing on the areas with the highest rate of elder poverty within the County. The program consisted of two components, one introducing MedlinePlus as a consumer health resource; the second, presented by Physician Assistant Program faculty member, described how to construct a "health portfolio." The portfolio consisted of a medical history, medication log, and exam tracker. The second session also presented skills for talking with your health provider.

Health Literacy Education Initiative (HLEI): Improving patient health literacy while enhancing physician assistant patient education skills

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: This project targeted two audiences: caregivers of pediatric patients and physician assistant students. Students were introduced to the concept of health literacy and given instruction in effective patient education and communication skills. Students were also introduced to the MedlinePlus database and its features that may be utilized as a patient education tool. After receiving the training, students taught pediatric caregivers how to utilize MedlinePlus to locate authoritative health information. The project ultimately helped students to become better health educators and the caregivers became aware of an invaluable health resource.

Outreach to the Chinese Population in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: teaching Chinese health consumers how to find quality health information on the Internet

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: The UNT SLIS Department developed this project to construct a Chinese language consumer health finding aid and teach Chinese within the Dallas/Fort Worth Area how to utilize and access health information via this website. The UNTHSC Lewis Library participated by providing the course instructor for the educational sessions held at various regional public libraries. We also participated by providing input on the website content development.

Public Health Information for Practitioners (PHIP): A proposal for Partners in Public Health Information Outreach in the Fort Worth and North Texas Area

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: Training in the use of public health databases and mobile technologies was provided to public health professionals in PH Regions 2/3 and 7. Smartphones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) were distributed to practitioners to aid in retrieving research tools from the National Library of Medicine.

Internet Connectivity Project (ICP)

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Scope: Ten clinics and hospitals within the Lewis Library's 24-county outreach region were given computers and/or Internet connectivity to enable access to online clinical tools. Training in effectively searching the clinical tools of the National Library of Medicine was provided to health professionals at each clinic.

Page last updated on May 09, 2014