Community Outreach

Outreach Librarians

Outreach Services Librarian

In Outreach we work with health professionals, public health officials, public librarians, consumers and community-based organizations to improve access to trustworthy, reliable health information. 

Community Outreach

Flu Vaccination

Jan 14, 2013

If you haven't already been vaccinated for the flu, now's the time! Vaccine may be limited in some areas. You many need to contact more than one provider (pharmacy, health department, or doctor) to find available vaccine. Visit  www. for more information.   

Be Safe this Holiday Season - Have a designated driver

Dec 18, 2012

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month (

Poinsettia - Its history

Dec 18, 2012

Did you know....

  • The Aztecs called poinsettas "Cuetlaxochitl"
  • They used the white sap to control fevers

Read more about this plant:

Hot Weather or Cold Weather - MedlinePlus has information on health topics related to both

Dec 18, 2012

For those in the northern hemisphere, it's winter. In the southern hemisphere, it's summer. Here's important weather and health-related info for both, from NLM MedlinePlus. Hypothermia:

Happiness = Wealth?

Nov 20, 2012

Take a look at this article about a study that was done in London. It was found that the happier you are in your younger years, the wealthier you may be years down the road. "Bottom line, wealth can influence happiness, and it appears happiness can also influence wealth." Let's keep those smiles coming and those positive thoughts this holiday season.

Thanksgiving - Turkey safety preparation tips

Nov 20, 2012

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are all getting ready shopping and preparing for our Thursday feast with family and friends. But, have we stopped to think about safety and how to safely prepare our meal? Take a look at this site from the Centers for Disease Control to learn more about how to safely prepare this holiday meal.

Summer = Flip Flops

Jul 13, 2012

With summer in full swing many of you have changed your footwear to include flip-flops, sandals and other flat shoes which may be causing damage to your arches.

July is Juvenile Arthritis awareness month

Jul 13, 2012


Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age. Approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. Read below to see how the Arthritis Foundation is reaching out to these children and their families. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers fast facts and easy to understand information here: You can also find out more from NLM’s MedlinePlus at:

World Meningitis Day

Apr 24, 2012

Do you know what meningitis is? Learn more about this disease. With early treatments of this disease you can prevent serious problems, even death.  Vaccinations are also available for this, for more information on meningitis visit:

You can also learn more about meningitis and get insight on real stories of people on meningitis by visiting this site:

2012 National Infant Immunization Week / Vaccination Week in the Americas

Apr 23, 2012

National Infant Immunization Week and Vaccination Week in the Americas (NIIW/VWA) will be celebrated from April 21-28, 2012, with the primary focus of promoting and improving immunizations throughout the nation. For the ninth consecutive year, the United States-M√©xico Border Health Commission (BHC) will partner with the ten border states, the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to bring additional focus during NIIW/VWA to the United States-M√©xico border region.

These are a few trustworthy web pages that we highly recommend you visit for more health information:

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en espanol  (try the new widget to your right!)                                                       


AZ Dept Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Wonder – public health reports and data systems

Dietary supplements labels database 

Drug Information Portal

Household Products Database

Health & Safety Information on Household Products

Refugee Health Information Network

Tox Town  


Environmental Health e-Maps
Google Scholar Google Scholar provides a way to broadly search for scholarly literature. It searches a variety of resources, including PubMed, electronic journals, and Google Book Search. However, Google Scholar may not include the most current or the most complete records from a database, so it is generally a good idea to search specific databases individually.


















Hispanic Health

Recursos de la Salud para Hispanos

Consumer Health Information



Coming Soon: 

Refugee Health

Native American Health

Medical Librarianship


AHSL appreciates working with partners whenever possible. Linking consumers, communities, and health professionals to reliable high-quality health information is what we do.  Helping Arizonans become effective Internet navigators for health information is important to the health of all of us.  We want to work with communities to find solutions to health information challenges.  Contact us to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Our partners in a variety of outreach projects inlcude:

Arizona Health Information Network

AZ State Library

Frontera Collaboration

Pacific  Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine

Tribal Connections Four Corners




Last updated Jan 31, 2012 by yamila