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NN/LM PSR State Pages Get a New Look!

In October 2013, we significantly revamped the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region “state pages” (Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific), and moved them to the eye-catching LibGuides platform! First launched over ten years ago, these pages are designed to help PSR Network members to better understand health needs in their specific geographic area and facilitate gathering health data and/or statistics for the area. This demographic and health-related data can assist in planning health information outreach projects, competing for NN/LM awards or NLM grants and funding, and measuring your library’s impact.

Screenshot of NN/LM PSR California State PageEach state page introduces the reader to the state with basic census data (from State & County QuickFacts and Guide to State and Local Census Geography), including its population, racial/ethnic population breakdowns, land area, and density. Links to the state government, department of health, and library websites in the left column, and links to Affordable Care Act and literacy/health literacy resources in the center column provide easy access to statewide programs, initiatives, and services.

The primary resources on the state pages, the state-specific demographic and statistical resources, are displayed in the center column. These resources link to websites, databases, and reports with state-, county-, and/or city-specific data. Many of these resources originate from the state government and state/regional organizations. For health data and statistics collected on a national level, links to federal government data portals including CDC National Center for Health Statistics, HRSA Data Warehouse, and NLM Health Statistics Subject Guide, are provided in the left column. Additionally, each state page identifies special populations within its state, such as rural, border, and/or minority populations; and provides specific resources about these groups.

The state pages are an evolving and collaborative effort. Feel free to send any suggestions of websites, databases, or reports that would be useful to include on the NN/LM PSR state pages by contacting NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator Lori Tagawa!

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