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Consumer Health Resources

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Tess Wilson
Tess Wilson
NNLM All of Us
Community Engagement Coordinator
(412) 648-4159

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Consumer Health

Whether you are a health professional, or work in a public setting such as a medical library, public library, community/faith-based organization, public health department or K-12 school, consumer health is part of your work. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides freely available and reliable resources on consumer health to be used by the general public, such as websites, access to interactive health tutorials, and online web-searching tools, to help consumers make the best decisions regarding their health.

NNLM MAR provides support for Member outreach efforts surrounding consumer health. This comprehensive guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to consumer health topics. If you would like to learn more about consumer health resources, or explore training opportunities that are available through NNLM, please contact us! We are here to assist you in learning about the wealth of biomedical and health information available through the National Library of Medicine.

Engage for Health Initiative

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN) have developed Engage for Health, a series of tools to conduct a community education program on taking an active role in your health care.

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The Engage for Health program consists of several resources that can be used together or separately, based on your needs. It includes a slide presentation, resources to conduct a patient/provider role play exercise, a list of additional resources, and promotional materials.

Learn more on the 'Engage for Health' resource guide.

Evaluating and Creating Health Information Resources

MedlinePlus: Health Literacy
Health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Learn more about health literacy from MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information
Find information on how to determine if the health information you have is good, or bad.

MedlinePlus: Guide to Healthy Web-Surfing
What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on websites? Here are some suggestions based on our experience.

MedlinePlus: Understanding Medical Research
It's important to be critical when reading or listening to reports of new medical findings. Locate additional information on this MedlinePlus page.

NNLM National Evaluation Office (NEO)
Librarians and health educators conduct programs to improve access to health information. The NEO provides assistance in developing well-planned evaluation to help target and measure outreach success.

Medical Library Associations: A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
This guide outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation's health.