August 2, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM National leaders who provide health information to Native Americans gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Albuquerque last month for a two-day conference hosted by UNM's Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC).

More than 60 librarians, health care providers and researchers who provide important health data to Native Americans throughout the U.S. shared experiences on the challenges in accessing and delivering information. Attendees from as far away as Alaska also planned the development of a comprehensive Native American health information network to continue building and sharing progressive practices.

"HSLIC is developing a much-needed new program in Native American Health Information Services," reports Holly Shipp Buchanan, associate vice president for knowledge management and information technology, and HSLIC director. "This was an important first step, in that it enables us to work closely with others to create the best model for health information service delivery to Native Americans and we have an even stronger commitment from the National Library of Medicine to foster collaboration among people working for improved Native American health information."

The national conference is funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda , MD , and the MidContinental Regional Medical Library in Utah .

For more information, contact Janis Teal, deputy director of library services at HSLIC at 272-2311.


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322