Mobile School Health Information Initiative (MoSHI)

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The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011. Led by staff at the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, MoSHI was an outreach program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information.

Goals

The goals of the funded project were to

  • Promote ideas on how credible health information on the web can foster interdisciplinary curriculum collaboration between teachers and the school library.
  • Gain experience using health information resources on the web to better serve student, administrator and parent needs, while giving them tools to improve their health literacy.


Background & Context

In early 2009, a school librarian in the Mini-Medical School event at Washington University suggested Becker Library should package information about credible health information resources for K-12 teachers.

Becker Library is fortunate to have a former school librarian on staff, located at the Family Resource Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital. After brainstorming with her, and 6 months of work, Becker Library and 3 other community allies hosted a pilot version of the MoSHI class in October 2009. The course was a success, and requests came to deliver it in school district librarian meetings. Such outreach was not funded as part of Becker Library's base budget, and one of the librarians in the pilot works part-time.

We applied for a Continuity of Health Information Award from NN/LM MCR, and renamed the pilot effort MoSHI.

Curriculum

The pilot had been a half-day workshop. The revised curriculum could be delivered in an hour, though 90 minutes was optimal for hands-on practice. The new course covered:

  • MedlinePlus.gov
  • KidsHealth.org
  • Evaluating health messages according to National Association for Media Literacy Education standards (part of Missouri Grade-Level Expectations)
  • Additional NLM products, time permitting

All participants received a workbook. We used 15 oz. coffee mugs and imprinted USB drives to promote the project.

Evaluation

Participants completed both an in-class evaluation and a follow-up evaluation sent via Survey Monkey. Both evaluations were approved by the Washington University Human Research Protection Office.

Evidence for Success

  • MoSHI trained 93 participants during the funded period. Most participants either served elementary or high school audiences.
  • Anecdotal reviews of the course included:
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