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Archive for November, 2013

A California Public Library Promotes the Affordable Care Act!

by Barbara Bibel, Consumer Health Information Specialist
Oakland Public Library
Oakland, CA

Public libraries are user-friendly community resources, so it is no surprise that people seeking information about the Affordable Care Act turn to the library. (more…)

Health Pathways: New Consumer Health Training Opportunities in the Pacific Southwest Region!

Health Information Needs and Response

As consumers become more involved with their own healthcare, the importance of access to quality, accurate, and appropriate information is crucial. The Affordable Care Act and the associated challenges for consumers underscore the need for information and the very real difficulties facing ordinary people as they try to navigate the system. Health information is often written at a high school reading level or above, yet many people read at lower levels or need information in other languages. (more…)

NLM 2013 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded seven HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2013, in the 20th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to the following recipient, which received funding for a project based in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region! (more…)