Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information
This project aims to increase high school students' ability to access and evaluate quality health information by providing a lesson plan that promotes linkages between Washington???s health and fitness Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR's) and Medline Plus. The EALR's for high school health include Evaluate health and fitness information. (Component 3.2). To fulfill this grade level expectation, students must demonstrate the ability to critique the reliability, accuracy and usefulness of health information from different sources. This requirement provides a valuable opportunity to build students' familiarity with MedlinePlus and other NLM resources early, so that they are recognized as trusted information sources for current and future health questions. This project expands on the Finding Quality Health Information to Support Student Health Toolkit that was previously developed with NN/LM funds to increase the capacity and capability of health professionals, librarians, health educators, and other school health stakeholders to access and use quality health information. In the current project we will develop a youth-focused section for the toolkit and a lesson plan that integrates Medline Plus-based activities into classroom instruction.