Allen College, UnityPoint Health is a regionally-accredited, private, nonprofit institution of higher education located in Waterloo, Iowa. Built on a tradition of more than 90 years of healthcare education, Allen currently serves 661 students in eight health programs ranging from associates to doctoratesnursing, public health, radiography, sonography, medical laboratory science, medical imaging, occupational therapy, and health education. Across Iowa and the nation, health professionals in public health departments and government funded non-profits must continuously address emerging epidemics and manage ongoing issues in order to solve community health problems. However, these health professionals have historically lacked access to the latest research and evidence-based-practices on these topics. Moreover, they often lack the time or expertise to navigate the information available. In 2018, Allen Colleges library and public health departments combined forces to create the Iowa Public Health Research Center IPHRC. The IPHRC aims to link the states healthcare and 131s with no-cost research access and assistance. The IPHRC operates out of Allen Colleges Barrett Library, which is a premier repository of biomedical and health information. The library provides access to over 33,500 materials including 47 databases, 3,200 online journals, 3,100 streaming videos, and over 12,500 physical texts. In addition, the project provides the following services: Supply digital items through e-mail and loan physical items by mail Provide specific articles or essays, located behind paywalls Conduct searches and provide summaries of relevant sources Locate research data to help participants create a presentation or report Share patient materials for a specific issue or audience non-native speakers, low reading comprehension, etc. Deliver training on how to use the Allen College Library as well as health databases such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, HealthReach, DailyMed, and Clinical eCompanion. The IPHRC library 133 will be available throughout the grant period to respond to item requests; locate, assess, and share resources; produce literature reviews; and collaborate with healthcare professionals to find the best solutions for their needs. Grant participants will be able to visit the library in person during regular operating hours or submit an online request through the IPHRC webpage twenty-four hours a day.
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