Making the Neighborhood Connections:

Matas Library Links the Community to Health Literacy

matasThe Matas Library of the Health Sciences has developed an outreach program funded by the National Library of Medicine to create health equity by improving health literacy while contributing to the achievement of national health objectives.

Matas librarians are introducing communities of neighborhood leaders, physicians, public and allied health professionals, community health and municipal workers, adults and teens to MedlinePlus, a web portal of authoritative health information pages written in plain language and made available by the National Library of Medicine.

In the first six months of the grant, over 400 people have learned about MedlinePlus and other relevant NLM consumer health resources including public health professionals at the Louisiana Public Health Institute, the health care team at Tulane University Community Health Center, physician-members of the Louisiana Academy of Family Practitioners, municipal workers, and participants at HAMP Fest, the an annual music festival sponsored by New Orleans Society for Infectious Disease Awareness.

‘This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.’

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000