¡VIVA! Peer Tutor Presentations

Sharyland High School

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Presentations were held at the Penny Payte McLeaish Learning Resource Center on using MedlinePlus resources. Nena Garza, Cynthia Aldape, and Carlos Gil brought their classes to the lecture hall for two separate sessions. The 60 minute lesson focused on the importance of guiding community members, family, and friends to accurate health information.
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Why use Medline Plus instead of WebMD or Google?


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. One of the best advantages of MedlinePlus is the ability to share information in Spanish as well as English.

¡VIVA! Peer Tutor Presenters

Students Learn and Participate

Dr. Cindy Olney

Cindy Olney has been a program evaluation consultant since 1991. She, along with Ms. Hansen and Ms. Warner, helped start the ¡VIVA! Peer Tutor Project. Dr. Olney works for the University of Washington-Seattle Health Sciences, training librarians and others how to plan and evaluate programs that promote access to and use of National Library of Medicine resources, such as MedlinePlus. Dr. Olney, herself, lives in Atlanta and works via computer and telephone with libraries and other organizations all over the United States.

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Presenters with SISD High School Librarians

Left to right: Ann Vickman, Janie Flores, Nicole Cruz, Debra Warner, Lucy Hansen, Cindy Olney

Nicole Cruz worked at Biblioteca Las Américas during the early years of the Peer Tutor program. She has maintained a professional friendship with Lucy Hansen STISD Lead Librarian through the years. The presentations were made possible through a distance learning session between SHS and STISD earlier this year.

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Administrator Support Key

Both SHS Principal Carolyn Mendiola and PHS Principal James Heath attended a session and spoke to the presenters afterward to learn more about creating a Peer Tutor Program at SISD. All the presenters agreed that administrator support is key to their success at STISD.