BiblioTech™ “Sierra’s Journey to Health - Life with a New Liver”

The Partnership in Education is a program located at Duquesne University that is passionate about improving STEM education and health literacy. Funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, we specialize in creating innovative, hands-on educational products that make science engaging and fun for teachers, their students, and learners of all ages.
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An interactive reading experience about the liver and its functions

Sierra is a kid with lots of interests and talents. She loves soccer, Halloween, hanging out with her friends, and especially, playing the ukulele. But Sierra can’t do all of the things she wants to, like go to summer camp, because her liver is sick. She has cholestatic liver disease.

So when Sierra learns she needs a liver transplant, she has lots of questions. What will surgery be like? Can I do all the things I want to after my transplant, like go to summer camp? Why do I need to take medication?

Help Sierra become healthy and strong by learning everything she can during her journey from the hospital to recovery at home, and beyond. Interact with her transplant team of doctors, nurses, and specialists, who will answer all of Sierra’s questions. Help her learn how to take good care of her new liver and understand why it’s important that she takes her anti-rejection medication!

Features include:

-Interactive text and reading
-Ability to influence the story
-Fun games and puzzles
-Colorful interactive charts and infographics
-Interviews with real-life transplant recipients

Easy-to-use Reading and Note-taking Tools:

-Adaptive text: change the text to easy, medium, or hard as you read
-Turn pages with a swipe
-Take and store notes while you read
-Tap highlighted words for instant definitions
-Automatically save your progress as you read

Developed in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, “Sierra’s Journey to Health” is a teaching resource for young liver transplant patients with cholestatic liver disease and their families as they go through the transplant process. It can also help late elementary and middle school-aged audiences learn more about the immune system and the liver.

Resource Contact:
Pollock, John A – PhD