Access to Free Online Health Information- Unaffiliated and Public Health Professionals
Under earlier awards from the NN/LM and a current award, the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) developed a program to train unaffiliated health professionals, especially targeting RNs, to identify and use reliable web-based and free information resources when they have a need for patient care or patient safety information. This proposal requests funds to continue the work that has been done, reaching out to current and potential partners in the five-county RRLC region (counties of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Wyoming -- total population of approximately 1 million). The emphasis will continue to be on unaffiliated health professionals, especially RNs and social workers (a group that expressed interest in the earlier project) although other health professionals will also be welcomed to any sessions. We will also reach out to public health agencies in the five counties as well as potentially into six other Western NY counties (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans) that are part of the Western NY Public Health Alliance (www.wnypha.org/). The emphasis also will be on unaffiliated health public health professionals, especially RNs and social workers. However, all public health workers affiliated with WNYPHA will be invited to attend the training sessions. To extend the reach to target audiences, the training sessions will be delivered via live and recorded webinars as well as through on-site training.