Wright, B.A., Lubker, I.M., Jones, S.D., Brown, R.E., Cyrus, J.W.W., Henderson, M.E., Ladd, D.L., Johnson, E.M., Bryant, N., Purcell, K.S. (2013) A Common Wealth of Public Health and Primary Care Information: Revitalizing a Collaborative Partnership. Poster will be presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
Poster will be presented on Monday, October 14 at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh
Title: A Common Wealth of Public Health and Primary Care Information: Revitalizing a Collaborative Partnership
Authors: Barbara A. Wright, MLS, AHIP; Irene M. Lubker, MPH, MLS; Shannon D. Jones, MLS, MIS, MEd, AHIP; Roy E. Brown, MLIS, AHIP; John W. W. Cyrus, MA, MLIS, AHIP; Margaret E. Henderson, MLIS, AHIP; Dana L. Ladd, MSIS, SLIS, AHIP; Emily M. Johnson, MLIS, AHIP: Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University; Karen S. Purcell, MLS/ET, MS, Executive Director, Capital Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program
BACKGROUND: Health sciences libraries provide a wealth of licensed healthcare information resources restricted to their users. However, access is not available to subscription-based materials for many healthcare providers – particularly those serving in public health or federally-qualified community healthcare centers. Often these providers do not know of or how to access freely-available information resources supporting evidence-based patient care decisions.
In 2010 the Capital and the Rappahannock AHEC regional programs and VCU’s Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences began a collaborative partnership to address this issue. With an Express Outreach award from the NN/LM SE/A program, the partnership developed and promoted a wiki highlighting open access, freely available information resources for public health providers. The wiki organized information resources in six broad public health topic areas with links to reports, web pages, books, journals, and databases. Information was provided on searching databases and obtaining articles.
METHODS: The collaborative partnership continued with a second NN/LM SE/A Express Outreach award in 2012 to expand, update, and enhance the wiki to a website [www.vapublichealthinfo.org] utilizing Springshare’s LibGuides. The new website provides resources for both public health and primary care providers. Topic coverage was expanded to twelve broad areas and a ‘How to…” section, with each LibGuide. Each of the website’s LibGuides has tabbed pages providing more focused information. Use of LibGuides enables easy updates and improved project assessment through both Google Analytics and Springshare’s LibAnalytics.
RESULTS: The new website is a greatly expanded resource of publicly available healthcare information. Users are not limited to those within the collaborating regions, and after it launched in early 2011, the wiki was accessed by users across the U.S. and from 24 countries around the world. Although the funded periods of both Express Outreach projects have been completed, the collaborative project activities are ongoing as the information needs of underserved healthcare providers continue to be addressed.