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1 ¡VIVA! Peer Tutor Project Overview This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
2 South Texas Independent School District is comprised of four magnet high schools and one junior high campus.Med High provides students a rigorous curriculum and hands-on clinical experience. It facilitates certifications as pharmacy technicians, nursing assistants, or as dental technicians and is a 2010 Blue Ribbon School.SciTech offers a nationally recognized academic program focusing on math and science, engineering, architecture, and computer science.Med Academy focuses on careers in the medical and medical technology fields and provides hands-on clinical experience in area hospitals and doctors’ offices. It also facilitates medical certification programs.BETA focuses on the career fields of business, education and technology. Juniors and seniors in the business program gain internship experience at local companies.All STISD schools have partnerships with universities, local hospitals, and also with the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. Project Lead the Way and the Rochester Institute of Technology have been instrumental in shaping a portion of the curriculum at Sci Tech. The partnerships with Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University are particularly beneficial to all of our students.
3 National Library of Medicine contract 2001National Library of Medicine contractUniversity of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and the NN/LM SCR develop the Health Information Hispanic Outreach ProgramRegional Academic Health Center (RAHC) of Harlingen partners with South Texas Independent School DistrictIn 2001, Debra Warner of the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen selected Med High as a partner school for the Health Information Hispanic Outreach Program.
4 Peer Tutor Program History Project PersonnelDebra Warner, RAHC Library Dir.Lucy Hansen, STISD Lead LibrarianDr. Cindy Olney, Evaluation SpecialistSerenaCeciMed High StudentsSerena ArancibiaCecilia CastañedaJoey NicholsWilliam McCormickFour juniors were selected to be Med High Peer Tutors to teach MedlinePlus. They remained with the project for two years.Program goals included increasing the utilization of MedlinePlus by high school faculty, librarians, students and their families and obtaining feedback.JoeyWilliam
5 2003 - 2004 Peer Tutors Brittany Linkenhoger Jessica Conaway Chris MartinGinny CohenLoida TamayoAileen CarranzaLuis CapuchinaJessica ConawayFlor ZuviriMichael OrtizMatthew McCormickKayvon KianiLisa BrownOrlando OrtizElizabeth MeyersInterest in the program grew and in 2003 we had 34 students who applied and were interviewed by the librarians and the four peer tutors. The tutors chose the new members for the project.
6 Lucy with Rachel Herrera & Nerey Esparza Peer TutorsHenry CritesJaime CantuSamantha RichardsonAndrea KallSarah YangCounselor and teacher recommendations were used to select new tutors for the project year. Tutors from Science Academy and Med Academy joined the program.Matthew McCormickFlor ZuviriKayvon KianiLisa BrownMichael OrtizLucy with Rachel Herrera & Nerey EsparzaJessica ConawayNina Lu
7 2005 Summer Institute Peer Tutors Andrea, Unnam, Stephanie & Sarah Erin NorrisLibrary InternAndrea, Unnam, Stephanie & SarahNereyda EsparzaVirginia E. CohenCamilo GonzalezWith NLM funding, a summer institute program was implemented in The goals of the program were to give the peer tutors adequate time to form working relationships with each other, develop presentation skills, interact with health professionals from the community, and perform outreach. One library school intern, two graduate peer tutors, and six regular peer tutors were hired.Michael OrtizCarolina De La GarzaMatthew McCormickDavinia RodriguezGeorgina De La Garza
8 2005-2006 Peer Tutors Clay Young Jose Calzada Juhi Koolwal Mayda SaldañaStephany GonzalesStephen GalarzaSamantha RichardsonVictoria ElizondoNidia CedilloJackie Ho-ShingMarisol GarciaLianne YangLuis LopezEvery year the program gained in popularity, so in 2005 we tried having a more open enrollment style to permit wider participation. Students were also allowed to join throughout the school year.
9 2006 Summer Institute Peer Tutors The first summer institute was a huge success, so a second institute followed in 2006 with some changes in format. Two graduate peer tutors, 13 regular peer tutors, and six teacher content advisors were hired. The focus of this summer institute was for the peer tutors to collaborate with the teachers on writing lesson plans that incorporated NLM resources.Katherine FarleyAdrian PerezClay YoungAndrea KallGracie CuellarDiego FigueroaMiguel SetienNidia CedillaSamantha RichardsonMayda SaldanaMichelle CastellanosJackie ChangCamilo GonzalezNerey Esparza (GPT)Michael Ortiz (GPT)
10 2006-2007 Peer Tutors Lianne Yang Jackie Chang Gracie Cuellar Luis LopezKatherine FarleyDiego FigueroaVeronica GuerraMichelle CastellanosAdrian PerezMiguel SetienPiyush PathakClay YoungThe returning peer tutors felt a lack of continuity with new members appearing at random times during the year. They also felt the new members weren’t as committed to the program. We decided to return to counselor and teacher recommendations to recruit new peer tutors for
11 2007 Summer Institute Peer Tutors Josue ArenasHunaid RanaClay YoungGracie CuellarArya KudalmanaLianne YangSteven PadillaVeronica GuerraPiyush PathakLuis LopezRocio RodriguezWilliam McCormick (GPT)Our third summer and our third program format. Evaluation interviews with peer tutors revealed that they wanted to have more outreach events and visits with professionals in the medical community.
12 2004 – 2007 OverviewScience Academy and Med Academy peer tutors recruitedSummer Institute introducedMed High Peer Tutor Project becomes ¡VIVA! Vital Information for a Virtual AgeFirst annual Teen Health FairTeacher Content Advisors hired for Summer InstituteOnline Summer SymposiumPartnerships with other high schools initiatedNNLM/SCR trip as capstone event for Summer InstituteCareers in medical libraries promotedMLA poster sessionTo summarize:In 2004, Biblioteca Las Américas was awarded a subcontract from the NLM, allowing the peer tutor program to expand. In previous years, peer tutors were selected only from Med High, but in 2004, peer tutors were recruited from Science Academy and Med Academy.In 2005, the program needed a new name to represent all three campuses. ¡VIVA! was selected to reflect our commitment to developing 21st century skills.In 2006, ¡VIVA! decided to hold its own health fair after participating in fairs hosted by other groups. More than 700 students and faculty attended the event. That summer teachers joined the summer institute staff. They worked with the tutors to write lesson plans to use in their own classrooms during the upcoming year. Also new to the project was an online symposium using WebEx. The 90+ participants represented 19 states.Beginning in the spring of 2006, the ¡VIVA! peer tutors have held health fairs in collaboration with the Sci Tech P.E. Club and a H.O.S.A. chapter at Med High. In 2006, the theme was “Because those rolls are only cute for so long,” in 2007 it was “Operation Health Fair,” and in 2008 it was “Lean, Green, Healthy Machine.” The first year the health fair was held in the gym and over 700 students and faculty members attended. In 2007 and 2008, the health fair moved to the library. The Health Fair is popular with students and teachers at both campuses and attendance is high. Schools groups, including H.O.S.A. chapters have tables at the fair. Community groups like the TX. Organ Sharing Alliance, University of Texas Border Health, the Valley AIDS Council, Planned Parenthood, the Family Crisis Center, and the Harlingen Table Tennis Assn. also have tables and provide raffle prizes.In 2007, the peer tutors traveled to Houston to visit the NNLM and the Texas Medical Center as a final event for the 2007 Summer Institute. They met with Dr. Elizabeth Eaton, Dr. Ana Cleveland, Karen Vargas, Baylor College of Medicine students, medical librarians, and other Med Center professionals.Also in 2007, Lucy Hansen, Sara Reibman, Ann Vickman, and Javier Jimenez displayed 2 posters at the Medical Library Association meeting in Philadelphia.
13 2007 – 2009 OverviewMed Academy renews peer tutor programDeBakey Seminars in Medicine field trip¡VIVA! web site launchedSummer Institute included field trip to the NLMPeer tutors exhibit MedlinePlus at HOSA conferencesTexas Library Association Conference presentationNIH Challenge Grant proposal by Dr. Suad GhaddarImproving Adolescent Health Literacy: A MedlinePlus-Based InterventionHealth Careers Fair
14 2007-2008 Peer Tutors Sci Tech Med Academy Med High Katherine Farley Arya KudalmanaLuis Lopez Cristina MendezSteven Padilla Piyush PathakRocio Rodriguez Lianne YangMed AcademyRamiro Cantu Rosaidalia CardenasErnest Culver Nora GalanDavid Delgado Citlalic LagunaJulie Cavazos Luna HernandezBreanna Rodriguez Bianca SanchezTaylor Villanueva Victoria LozanoThis year we had the largest number of returning peer tutors; vacant spots were filled after obtaining counselor and teacher recommendations.Med HighJosue Arenas Michelle CastellanosAlice Eure Carolina GarciaVeronica Guerra Hunaid RanaKelly Reyna
15 2008-2009 Peer Tutors Med High Med Academy Sci Tech Erica Garcia Jeffrey GoJonathan Guzman Pablo MunizChristian Ninal Jeriel OmosoRyan Palacios Hunaid RanaKelly ReynaMed AcademyRosaidalia Cardenas Nora GalanJulie Cavazos Luna HernandezMaritza Robles Breanna RodriguezBianca Sanchez Taylor VillanuevaSci TechIsmael Melendez Cristina MendezRocio Rodriguez
16 2009 – 2011 OverviewPeer tutors present MedlinePlus to all incoming freshmen at South Texas ISD New Scholar AcademiesBETA peer tutors recruitedPeer tutors present at the Mexican American School Board Association ConferencePeer Tutors exhibited at Open House, and Parent Advisement sessionsHealth Careers FairPeer tutors present at Texas Association of Future Educators conferencePeer tutors host the M+ Run 4 the Health of It 5K runHealth careers field trip to NNLM/SCR in HoustonPeer tutors host the M+ Paddle 4 the Health of It 5K kayak race2009 – All four STISD high school campuses now have peer tutor project.
17 Peer TutorsSci Tech & Med HighMed Academy & BETA
19 2011 – 2013 Overview¡VIVA! Facebook page developedPeer tutors exhibited MedlinePlus at South Texas ISD’s Wholehearted Scholar FestPeer tutors sponsored a nationwide Health Literacy Challenge video contestPeer tutors exhibited MedlinePlus at the Texas Onion Fest in Weslaco, TXPeer tutors presented to staff Head Start of Hidalgo CountyPeer tutor project implementation guide completedPeer Tutoring for High School Health Information Literacy: A Guide for Assessing if This Program Can Work for YouPeer tutors participated in PhotovoiceParticipatory action research strategy
22 Training & MeetingsPeer tutor meetings are held once a month at each STISD campus. Topics of discussion include previous events, upcoming events, marketing ideas, and paperwork to be completed. MedlinePlus presentation skills are practiced at most meetings. Meetings are about 30 minutes long, so only small tasks are accomplished here. After school meetings or meetings with individual tutors are scheduled when needed.
23 Class PresentationsMedlinePlus is presented to all incoming Medical Academy freshmen during the New Scholar Academies held in June and July. The freshmen all receive training from the peer tutors, followed by a hands-on assignment completed with help from peer tutors and librarians. Other special events such as the Brown Bag Lunch at BETA are also scheduled throughout the year.
24 Outreach EventsOur outreach events have allowed us to collaborate with many community groups such as the Harlingen Boys & Girls Club, the Rio Grande Valley Science Association, Valley Baptist Medical Center, the Gold Wing Road Riders, Mujeres Unidas, and more. We also have displays at campus open houses.
25 Peer Tutor Program Awards 2003 Texas Library Association Project of the YearHOSA Student Community Awareness ProjectsNCLIS Blue Ribbon Winners2004 National Award for Museum and Library Service awarded to the RAHC by the IMLS2006 National School Library Media Program of the Year award – Individual library category2012 National School Library Media Program of the Year award – District libraries categoryThe success of the peer tutor project has achieved recognition for itself as well as other programs, including Biblioteca Las Américas, which won the 2006 National School Library Media Program of the Year award. The project has also been cited in several professional journal articles. The popularity of the project generates many invitations from local organizations.
26 Evaluation Data shows that: Students improve research and evaluation skillsStudents improve public speaking and presentation skillsTeachers use more hands-on teachingResearch projects introduced earlier in curriculum sequenceDr. Cindy Olney has evaluated the project from the beginning. She has used several collection methods to generate data relevant to the project.Data indicates there is a documented impact on peer tutors. They tell us they learn about evaluating resources, improving presentation skills, and becoming comfortable with public speaking. In addition to benefits for students, the peer tutor project also generates outcomes for the schools according to interviews with the campus administrators.
27 Project Team MembersLucy Hansen Principal InvestigatorSara Reibman Project SpecialistAnn Vickman Project DirectorLinda Robles Project SpecialistRigo Olivarez Project SpecialistJavier Jiménez Technology SupportDebra Warner Project ConsultantCindy Olney, PhD.Evaluation Consultant
28 Contact InformationBiblioteca Las Américas Med High Dr. Mercedes, TX (956)South Texas Independent School District Med High Dr. Mercedes, TX (956) orMed High Med High Dr. Mercedes,TX (956) orMedical Academy S. Helen Moore Rd. San Benito, TX (956) orScience Academy Med High Dr. Mercedes, TX (956) or
29 PowerPoint prepared by Sara Reibman & Ann Vickman 2014