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The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives NNLM PSR Funding: “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Posted by on March 10th, 2021 Posted in: Consumer Health, Outreach, Public Health, Training
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web series covid-19: a worldwide pandemic and logos of university of arizona health sciences library, ventanilla de salud, el rio health, and the national library of medicineThe Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) awarded the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library funding for a project entitled, “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Yamila El-Khayat is the principal investigator and program manager for the project, and Lara Miller will provide the program assessment. This project has a multi-tiered approach for information literacy instruction and training. A team of librarians, including PSR Consumer Health Librarian Nora Franco, will train 2nd-year medical students to identify and evaluate reliable health information resources. The students will conduct a series of information workshops for community health workers/promotores or health information consumers. Recruits for both the training and instruction sessions will be members of the Latinx and Native American communities.

The trainers will use health information resources and products of the National Library Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other government agencies with COVID-19 information resources. Training will include evaluating the resources for source reliability and cultural relevancy. Sessions will be conducted on Facebook Live, the Tucson Mexican Consulate’s “Ventanilla de Salud” channel. As the team works with Native communities, the trainers will use broadcast radio and infographic handouts to disseminate information. Additionally, they will identify and work with health network contacts to build upon existing Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) efforts. An NIH initiative to deliver accurate information and education to communities of color on the importance of inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19 and address health disparities.

The medical students, the community health workers/promotores, and the project participants will learn skills to evaluate and use information resources to work with their respective clients and communities. The first instruction series runs from February 10 to March 3, 2021, facilitated in partnership with associates and participants of the Ventanilla de Salud program. For more information, please contact Yamila El-Khayat.

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Nisha Mody is the Associate Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

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