Outreach at HSLIC

Our outreach activities bring health information, training and development to communities around New Mexico.


The UNM HSC Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center provides outreach to health care providers and consumers throughout New Mexico, including the state’s 22 Native Nations. Our Distance Services program at HSLIC extends the library’s reach by providing resources to health professionals, community groups, libraries, schools and students.

Our Native American Health Information Services (NAHIS) offers resources to health care providers serving the 22 Native Nations. The program also addresses the health information needs of the Native American community at UNM.

Through the following activities, Distance Services provides health information delivery, development and training to the community:

  • Interlibrary loans (fee-based article delivery)
  • Information resource access
  • Health information search assistance (fee-based literature searches)
  • Health information training
  • Orientations on the use of materials
  • Collection-development consultation
  • On-site visits and training
  • HSLIC tours
  • Continuing education for librarians and health professionals

A consumer health resources subject guide, or LibGuide, provides information that can help patients learn more about their health care providers’ recommendations.

Resource Development and Training

On request, HSLIC provides collection development assistance in the areas of health and medicine to organizations within New Mexico, including Native Nations.

HSLIC faculty provide training on how to effectively use library resources, such as National Library of Medicine classes, database demonstrations and exhibits.

Health Information Training

Our Distance Services group provides training on health information resources to health and medical professionals that’s designed to help participants find, evaluate and use relevant health information.

We conduct training sessions at HSLIC, at other locations within the state or online. We can customize training for a particular group. Here are some examples of training we provide:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Public health resources
  • Evaluating health information
  • Health education materials
  • Cancer resources

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Classes 

NLM classes are held at HSLIC and at other sites in New Mexico and provide Continuing Education (CE) credit for health and medical librarians, Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for nurses and Continuing Pharmacy education (CPE) for pharmacists.

In addition, the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine hosts classes for health and medical librarians.

Other Training

Distance Services faculty present and exhibit at conferences, health fairs and community events to provide a wide range of health information resources, including numerous online databases that are all freely available to the public. When possible, exhibits are displayed that display resources featuring live Internet demonstrations.

HSLIC’s Native American Health Information Services Program connects the library to Native Americans in New Mexico. The program offers resources to health care providers serving Native Americans throughout the state, and at UNM.

The program focuses on health information delivery, health information training and collection development consultation.

Health Information Training

We offer classes to help students, health care providers, schools, libraries and community groups find, evaluate and use relevant health information.

We also can provide the following services available on request:

  • Tours of HSLIC
  • Orientations to the use of materials
  • Article delivery
  • On-site visits and training
  • Health information search assistance

Collection Development Consultation

Through collection development consultations, faculty librarians offer guidance in establishing health information collections for the following:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Health care facilities
  • Navajo chapter houses


  • American Indian Health — An information portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of Native Americans.
  • Association of American Indian Physicians — AAIP’s membership is made up of Native American physicians who are licensed to practice medicine in the United States.
  • Indian Health Service— The Federal Health Program for Native Americans.
  • National Indian Health Board — Advocating on behalf of all tribal governments and Native Americans in their efforts to provide quality health care
  • Native Research Network — A leadership community of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Canadian Aboriginal persons promoting integrity and excellence in research.

HSLIC developed the Native Health Database (NHD). It contains records spanning almost four centuries, including citations and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys and other documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Canadian First Nations. If available, a copy of the article will be sent to the requester free of charge.

What NHD Contains

  • Abstracts of selected materials
  • Database entries dated from 1672 to the present
  • A tutorial
  • Gray Literature
  • Wellness research

Your Search Options

The database may be searched by tribe, keyword, title, author, publication source or year, document type, region and state or province.

Here are a few ways to search for information in the NHD:

  • Find documents published in or about a particular state, by year.
  • In the Arctic Health portal, read evaluated health information about the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples.
  • In the Indian Health Service portal, discover regional differences in Native American health.
  • Browse data and links from the U.S. Census Bureau about American Indian and Alaska Native health topics.

How NHD Was Developed

In the early 1990s, the Native Health History Database (NHHD) was developed from the donated collection of “Papers on Indian Health” by William W. Schottstaedt, MD (1917–2005).

In 2007, NHHD and the Native Health Research Database (NHRD) merged to become the Native Health Database, which covers current materials. In 2013, HSLIC received $35,000 from the National Library of Medicine to update and promote the NHD.

Recent News

On November 4–5, 2016, HSLIC hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the Native Health Database (NHD) Advisory Board in 10 years. This group serves in an advisory capacity to HSLIC’s NHD by participating in developing strategic priorities for the database. Four board members developed a collective strategy and vision.

The guest speaker was Kevin English, DrPH, director of the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. More than half the meeting was devoted to a facilitated goal-setting and prioritization activity led by Melissa Riley of Native Community Development Associates, LLC, New Laguna, NM. The discussion resulted in the creation of both short- and long-term goals and activities for improving the NHD.

Contact Us

To learn more about HSLIC's Distance Services and Native Services outreach programs, please contact interim co-director Sarah Morley, PhD, MLS, AHIP.


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