Ask Me about ReDiReCT and Our New Directions
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Background: ReDiReCT: Integrating NLM Resources into Disaster Preparedness and Response Cross-Disciplinary Training, funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / South Central Region, disseminates information regarding NLM disaster-related resources and applications to Texas A&M University Health Science Center students, first-responders, and the community at large in the Central Texas region. Using a train-the-trainer approach and student ambassador model, the project focused on enhancing student and responder knowledge and utility of NLM Disaster related resources. Description: A Disaster Response Toolkit was developed in concert with the Medical Sciences Library linking to resources from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) by responder role, such as health care provider, planner or member of the community. ReDiReCT integrated into TAMU Health Disaster Week 2020, an inter-disciplinary concentration of 600+ current and future disaster responders coming together with the community to explore disaster simulation and response. Disaster Week was a unique opportunity to reach a broad group of disaster responders with student ambassadors trained to share toolkit resources. Future plans for ReDiReCT pivoted when COVID-19 eliminated live events and restricted the in-person activities of student ambassadors. Conclusions: Students appreciated the responsibility of sharing their disaster toolkit knowledge during the Disaster Week events. Responders learned about resources to help them respond to a disaster. The ReDiReCT team will leverage opportunities with community health nursing students to present at virtual events going forward.
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