Dana Provides Services to Community Health Agencies and Hospitals

Dana Medical Library’s Health Research Associates (HRA) program provides research journal articles, books, and literature search services to hospitals and health-related agencies in Vermont and the Champlain Valley. The HRA program is Dana’s community outreach program.

Journal article delivery was the most requested service during FY16 with 755 articles requested. Librarians conducted 60 literature searches for member institutions, a 25% increase from FY15. Topics for these searches included patient specific cases, nursing best practices, and hospital management.

The 25 HRA members in FY16 included 5 community hospitals and 6 health-related organizations. 2 hospitals, Central Vermont Medical Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, also belonged to the University of Vermont Health Network. HRA members supported the program with cost-recovery fees for service.

Besides hospitals and health-related agencies, 12 firms and 3 individuals are members of the program. Founded in 1994, the objective of the HRA program is to serve the information needs of medical and health professionals who have little or no access to information resources needed for life-long learning and patient care.

Dana’s Health Research Associates Representative is Alice Stokes. For more information, contact Alice at 656-4386.