Consumer Health Outreach

NN/LM MAR promotes the use and access to reliable health information by consumers in NY, NJ, PA and DE

Primary NN/LM MAR Contact: Lydia N. Collins / Consumer Health Coordinator /

For 2011-2016, our priority groups for consumer health outreach include:

  • Community Organizations
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Soldiers, Veterans and Military Families
  • Seniors
  • Caregivers
  • K-12

Whether you are a health professional or work in a setting such as a medical library, public library, community/faith-based organization, public health setting or K-12 school, consumer health is a part of your work. NN/LM MAR provides support for member outreach efforts surrounding consumer health.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken an increasingly prominent role in disseminating consumer health information by creating resources such as MedlinePlus, providing consumers with immediate access to authoritative information to help them research health-related questions and increase their understanding of health topics.

Services available to our members and consumers throughout the region include:

  • Exhibiting at conferences and health fairs on free health information

Selected Resources from the National Library of Medicine

These resources are good starting points for information on health and wellness topics, drugs, and directories for locating health organizations.

Medical Information Databases

  • MedlinePlus
    • For patients, families, and friends
    • Provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand
    • Free reliable, up-to-date health information
  • NIHSeniorHealth
    • A health and wellness website for older adult, family members, and friends
    • Provides reliable, easy to understand health information
    • Includes background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • NLM Drug Information Portal
    • A gateway to selected drug information from NLM and other key U.S. Government agencies
    • Enables searches using a drug’s tradename or generic name
  • Pillbox
    • Enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images
    • Provides links to drug information and drug labels
  • Genetics Home Reference
    • NLM's consumer-friendly site for information about genetic conditions, the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions
    • Includes the effects of genetic variations on human health
  • Household Products Database
    • Includes 11,000+ consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers
    • Enables scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients
    • Regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers

NLM Directories and Magazines

NLM does not endorse or recommend the organizations that produce these directories, nor the individuals or organizations that are included in the directories.

  • DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online)
    • NLM's database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of resources
    • Includes organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine
  • Health Hotlines
    • A database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services
    • Includes information on services and publications available in Spanish
  • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
    • Features the best in reliable, up-to-date health information with the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research
    • Highlights people from all walks of life talking about how they've handled their health challenges
    • Subscriptions are free