Grant to Help Student-run Free Clinic

Contact: Dan Adkins

 

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The grant also will support training sessions for medical students working in the clinic on issues including using MedlinePlus, selecting appropriate patient education resources, providing culturally and literacy-level appropriate health information, and other services.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2004) -- The Salvation Army Student-run Free Clinic has received a $10,000 grant that will provide health information from the University of Kentucky’s Health Information Library to low-literacy and Spanish-speaking patients.

The grant, a Consumer Health Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, will provide patient-education tools such as models, posters, videos and brochures, said Jane B. Bryant, patient education librarian at the Health Information Library. The library is a collaborative effort of the UK Chandler Medical Center Library and UK Hospital.

“Our overall goal is to enhance the excellent health care that Free Clinic patrons already receive by helping to make patient education an integral part of their experience at the clinic,” Bryant said. “At the same time, we hope to influence the medical students to routinely incorporate effective patient education into their practice, both in this clinic and in their future practice, and to improve their information-seeking skills.”

Bryant said the grant also will provide access to Free Clinic patrons to interactive tutorials and other resources through MedlinePlus and other health-related Web sites by supplying a laptop computer, color printer and Internet access.

The grant also will support training sessions for medical students working in the clinic on issues including using MedlinePlus, selecting appropriate patient education resources, providing culturally and literacy-level appropriate health information, and other services.


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