Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness in New Mexico: opening a local conversation by hosting a national traveling exhibit.

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BACKGROUND: The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center hosted the National Library of Medicine's

CASE PRESENTATION: We convened a daylong summit to highlight the exhibit and encourage discussion among 30 American Indian community health educators. The summit prompted the compilation and distribution of descriptions of 23 community projects that promote health and wellness. We also took a scaled-down version of the exhibit to 4 rural college campuses around the state that serve significant Native American student populations. Approximately 140 students and faculty interacted with the exhibit materials, and all 4 sites incorporated the exhibit into curriculum activities.

CONCLUSIONS: A hosted national exhibit developed into a multifaceted, funded project that engaged with American Indian communities. We demonstrated successful field deployment of a downsized, portable version of the full traveling exhibit to make meaningful connections with members of our outreach population.



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Medical Library Association


Curriculum, Exhibits as Topic, Humans, Indians, North American, Libraries, Medical, National Library of Medicine (U.S.), New Mexico, United States

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Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA