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NN/LM SCR Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award Recipients

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce two recipients of the Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information project awards. Congratulations to the US Public Health Service Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, NM, and the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK.

The US Public Health Service Santa Fe Indian Hospital, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will address access to Internet-based consumer health information for American Indian populations and awareness of evidence-based literature for paraprofessionals working with rural and urban American Indian populations in their project, Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information. The principal investigators will provide practical training sessions through mobile laptop technology and Treo SmartPhones to health care paraprofessionals and urban American Indian consumers. Louis Lafrado, of L&D Associates Consulting Group, and Linda Morgan Davis, of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, will be the Principal Investigators for this project.

The Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, approaches their project from the perspective that when patients are well-informed, participate in decisions, and communicate openly with their doctor and other health professionals, they adhere to their therapy more faithfully and help make health care more effective. In their project, Cherokee Health Information Network for Clinics, the Cherokee Nation plans to place computers with Internet access to MedlinePlus, PubMed and other NLM products in the waiting room of clinics. They will work with their partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Library, Tulsa, to train the clinic staff to assist patients wanting to use the computer to search for health information. Sohail Khan, Epidemiologist for the Cherokee Nation Health Services Group, is the Principal Investigator for this project.

More information on the Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information award is located at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/aechi.html

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