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February 05, 2007

HSL Participate with "Give Kids a Smile"

During the annual "Give Kids a Smile" community outreach program offered by the School of Dentistry on February 3, members of the Health Sciences Libraries staff were able to distribute information about MedlinePlus.gov and the American Dental Association (ADA) to over 55 families. A colorful flyer highlighting MedlinePlus and ADA web pages was passed out along with other MedlinePlus materials (trifolds, bookmarks, pens) while people were in line to register and wait for their appointment with the dental teams for x-rays, cleanings and simple fillings. Over 100 children were accommodated during the day (surpassing participation in previous years) by a large contingent of dental students and supporting Dental School faculty and staff.

A delightful part of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) involvement during the free clinic was meeting a 5th grader interested in starting a 'health club' at her school. She was so interested in the health club idea, that she came back a second time to talk with HSL staff. She left us with her Principal's name in hopes that arrangements could be made for HSL librarians to talk at her school about health information.

Special thanks to Dr. Steve Stefanac, Associate Dean for Patient Services, and Andrea Fraser, VP Give Kids a Smile for their willingness to partner with the Health Sciences Libraries during this event. All-in-all it was a successful day, for the participants, for the School of Dentistry, and for the Health Sciences Libraries.

Posted by dlauseng at February 5, 2007 04:47 PM

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