Native American Health Information Services
Patricia Bradley, MLS, Native Services Librarian
Why Native American Health Information Services?
• Unique demographic characteristics • Distinctive health care needs for the population and the health care providers who serve them • The highest prevalence of diabetes in the world • High incidence of unintentional injuries as a cause of death
New Mexico’s Need for Native American Health Information Services
• Home to the 19 Pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache, the Mescalero Apache and the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation • Fourth largest American Indian population in the US (190,000) • The largest percentage (10.3%) of population in the lower 48 states
HSLIC’s Unique Position
• • • • • • • Only academic health sciences library The NN/LM Resource library 25 years of outreach services Integrated library and IT services Development of Native Health Databases in 1994 Native Services Librarian History of partnership development
The Native Health Research Database and Native Health History Database http://hsc.unm.edu/library/nhd
The Tribal Connections Four Corners Go Local on MedlinePlus http://www.4cornersgolocal.com
Strategic Plan Goal
• To consolidate and expand Native American Health Information Services by creating a strong integrated effective program which will contribute to the reduction of health disparities in the Native populations of New Mexico.
• Identified Native American Health Information Services as a major strategic goal • Created a four year plan
– Identified current services, resources, partnerships and funding.
Designed a brochure and web site Completed a logic model for evaluation
First Year’s Activities
• Audience is the Native American faculty, staff and students at the University of New Mexico. • Training in finding, evaluating and using health information • Promote services
• Other audiences—health care providers, schools, tribal/community libraries, tribal college and university libraries, councils and Chapter Houses in New Mexico have been selected for services in subsequent years. • Onsite (community) visits, consultations and training will take place.
Partnerships and Collaborations
• Center for Native American Health, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico • Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board • Southern Colorado/New Mexico Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) • Tribal Connections Four Corners
Native American Health Information Services Planning Group UNM HSLIC
• • • • Patricia Bradley, Native Services Librarian Janis Teal, Deputy Director Erinn Aspinall, Distance Services Librarian Lisa Romero, Library Information Specialist
• Choose a need that can be met by your organization. • Start small and build. • Be willing to shift resources to fund critical positions. • Develop partnerships with organizations that have similar missions. • Take advantage of this conference and learn from others’ success.