Library Outreach Brings Health Information to the Community by Ruth Smith

Since 2001, over eight thousand citizens from Southeastern Virginia have attended EVMS Brickell Library outreach events at a variety of venues, including public libraries, senior centers, health fairs, employee benefit sessions, public schools and the EVMS campus. These informative events provide the region’s non-health science librarians, the general public and government leaders with free training on how to access health information.

Programs scheduled for March include:

Virginia Diabetes Council Meeting
March 2, 2012
50 attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to access consumer health diabetes information via the consumer health link found on the EVMS Brickell Library’s homepage.

Deep Creek High School Health Sciences and Medicine Academy
March 12, 2012
60 students will learn what it is like to be a Clinical Medical and Reference Librarian.

2012 Geriatric Symposium
March 15, 2012
150-200 caregivers and professionals who work with seniors will have the opportunity to visit the EVMS Brickell Library booth and learn how to access consumer health information concerning seniors via the EVMS Brickell Library consumer health link located on the library’s homepage.

Harbor’s Edge Health Fair
March 22, 2012
200 attendees are expected at this event. Seniors and caregivers will have the opportunity to visit the EVMS Brickell Library booth and learn how to access consumer health information via the EVMS Brickell Library consumer health link.

Meyera E. Orbendorf Central Library (Virginia Beach Public Library System) Staff Training
March 29, 2012
25 members of the Meyera E. Orbendorf Central Library will attend “Virginia’s Healthy Heroes: Consumer Health Resources for US Active Duty, Veterans and Their Families”
With a total of 24 military installations, these veterans and active duty service members along with their families visit our public libraries. This class will provide attendees with a basic understanding of the health information needs of veterans, active duty member and their families.

EVMS Community Care Day
March 31, 2012
200-350 members of the public are expected to visit the EVMS Brickell Library booth at this event. Booth visitors will learn how to access consumer health resources via the EVMS Brickell Library consumer health link found on the EVMS Brickell Library homepage. Visitors will also learn that the EVMS Brickell library is a community resource and open to the public.

To set up a training session at no cost to you or your organization, contact Ruth Smith, Outreach Services Coordinator, at smithrm@evms.edu or phone (757) 446-5849

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