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Nevada Go Local Project Launched

In September, 2006, Nevada became the 18th MedlinePlus Go Local site with the debut of NevadaHealthNet.org, providing residents of the Silver State with a reliable, fast and user-friendly internet database to locate health information, as well as health services, providers, and other resources in their communities. There are about 2200 listings included in Nevada HealthNet, and the project team will continue to accept suggestions for additions or other changes to the database. Suggestions may be made with an online form available through the “Contact Us” link. Nevada joins Arizona as the second state in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to successfully launch a Go Local site.

Nevada HealthNet is a statewide project jointly developed by Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno; the Lied Library at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and the Health Science Library at West Charleston Library, part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Congratulations to the project team: Carole Keith, project director and reviewer for Northern Nevada; Florence Jakus, coordinator and reviewer for Southern Nevada; and Jim Curtis, Savitt Medical Library Director. Student helpers at the Savitt Medical Library also contributed to the project. Funding for the project was obtained through the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. The project team has promoted MedlinePlus and Nevada HealthNet throughout the state, to groups such as the Nevada Library Medical Group and at annual meetings of the Nevada Library Association.

As is the case with many of the other Go Local sites, Nevada HealthNet may be searched directly or by a health topic search using MedlinePlus. To search the site directly, simply visit NevadaHealthNet.org, and then select from the map or choose a county or city from the lists provided, to see all health programs and services in a particular area. To see a directory of health programs and services related to a specific disease or condition, start with MedlinePlus and do a health topic search. On the right side of the health topic page, look for the Go Local search box. Use the map or the drop-down menu to find and select Nevada. Then choose a city or county or search by zip code to see a listing of health services and resources for the condition.

For our next five-year contract, NN/LM PSR has allocated funding to establish Go Local services in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. For California applicants, priority will be given to proposals that target California’s most populous counties; these include Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento, Contra Costa, and Fresno counties. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Participation Guidelines and to contact Associate Director, Heidi Sandstrom.

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