Digital Health Literacy
NNLM and All of Us are partnering to reach people on the other side of the digital divide by helping them gain the digital literacy skills needed to access and evaluate health information online and to participate in the All of Us Research Program (All of Us).
We’re calling on you to partner with us to offer digital health literacy training and citizen science programming in your library that NNLM & All of Us can promote to program participants. Citizen science programming will allow community members to practice using digital skills learned while contributing meaningful data to collaborative and open source research.
If you are offering a training session or program that you would like to promote to All of Us program participants in your community let us know by filling out the following form.
Digital Health Literacy Curriculum
Are you interested in offering digital literacy training to support the health information needs of your community? NNLM has partnered with Wisconsin Health Literacy to create free, downloadable digital health literacy curriculum including a slide deck, accompanying script, and handouts for you to use!
Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust Curriculum Material
- Program Script
- Handout 1: Contents include website checklist, list of websites to visit for health information and what using online resources for your health allows you to do
- Handout 2: Contents include searching for health information, reading a webpage, looking for credibility, other online resources
- Handout 3: Contents include additional resources that aided in the creation of the curriculum
Why is Digital Literacy So Important to Health?
The World Health Organization defines digital health literacy as the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem.
The Pew Research Center reported that 35% of U.S. adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition and that the internet is a de facto second opinion – and even first opinion – for many people. The World Health Organization also reports that 575 million results are returned by Google when searching for “cancer” and 250 million when searching for “diabetes.” That is an overwhelming amount of information!
Libraries can play a crucial role in helping their patrons access quality health information by,
1. Providing access to computers and high-speed internet
2. Helping users develop the digital literacy skills needed to use the computer (e.g., how to use a mouse)
3. Helping users develop the necessary skills to evaluate online health information resources
Digital Literacy Resources for Libraries
- Access online digital literacy skills at digitallearn.org
- See how Wisconsin Health Literacy is supporting digital health literacy in their state at wisconsinhealthliteracy.org
- Learn more about digital inclusion from WebJunction
- The National Digital Inclusion Alliance provides resources on access to technology at digitalinclusion.org
- LibrariesTransform offers free toolkits on digital literacy and health literacy at ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform
- MedlinePlus offers guides to health web surfing and evaluating health information
- Check out the tutorials and resources from digitallearn.gov
- The Public Library Association offers resources on digital literacy and tools for healthy communities
Are you interested in offering citizen science programming in your library but don't know what to do? Download and use our free citizen science guides for libraries and community partners and access our Introduction to Citizen Science online course today!
Citizen Science Resources for Librarians
- Download our free citizen science guides for libraries and community partners at scistarter.org/nlm (External link)
- Learn more about citizen science by taking our online Introduction to Citizen Science Online Course (external link)
- See what NNLM is doing with citizen science and crowdsourcing at NNLM Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing