Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About NER | Contact NER | Feedback |Site Map | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

Public Libraries Lead Community Health Engagement

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Five U.S. public libraries are currently participating in program activities of Health Happen in Libraries. Staff at these libraries are planning and implementing community health activities that will establish or deepen local partnerships to bring meaningful health services to their communities.

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (New York)
  • Crandon Public Library (Wisconsin)
  • Hampton Public Library (Virginia)
  • Charles Parish Library (Louisiana)
  • Wilkes County Public Library (North Carolina)

The experiences and processes of these libraries, as well as related project resources, will be posted to the Health Happens in Libraries community of practice in summer of 2015, to inspire and inform the development and delivery of community health programs by other public libraries. Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes of this exciting work!

Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Now Available

Data is a powerful tool for understanding unique community needs and opportunities, particularly in relation to many of the interconnected elements of health and wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made available Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015, “an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

“Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.” Public libraries and partners may find this resource to be a useful reference point for prioritizing or aligning health information and service efforts.

Communications Are Key

We’re curious – have you promoted your library’s health information and services to target audiences in your community? If so – we’d love to know more about your experience conducting outreach about this important topic! Please drop us a line and let us know who you’ve reached out to and how, and we’ll be happy to follow-up and learn more about your experience!

What’s New for You?

Do you have resources, news, or examples of community health programming at your library that you’d like to share? We’re always eager to highlight great service happening in the field. Feel free to reach us at any time via email or at #libs4health to share your story!

[Shared from WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries e~newsletter]

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 30th, 2015

[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]

Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

Highlights:

  • Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
  • Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
  • Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
  • The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

The Toolkit includes:

  • An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
  • Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue
  • Contact information for leading experts on the issue

Contact: Marilyn Serafini mserafini@allhealth.org 202/789-2300

Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices

Friday, December 5th, 2014

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

 

Health care providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo website indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for health care providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both health care providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

Stay tuned for additions to the AIDSinfo Drug App.

New Version of MedlinePlus Mobile

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

[NLM Announcement]

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol.

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español . Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites . Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages . Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol. Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Announcement from:

Stephanie Narva Dennis, MLS
Head, Health Information Products Unit
http://MedlinePlus.gov – Trusted Health Information for You National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
301-435-4898  | Stephanie.Dennis@nih.gov

Please visit WP-Admin > Options > Snap Shots and enter the Snap Shots key. How to find your key