Public libraries are welcome to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. There is no cost to join and membership entitles you to a variety of benefits:
* Access to health information experts. To find other network members near you, search our member directory. You can also call the NNLM PNR to be referred to a medical Librarian. Call us at 1-206-543-8262.
* Eligibility for funding opportunities for health information outreach projects and activities. NNLM PNR staff can assist with proposal development and refer you to others who have successfully received funding in the past.
* Use of promotional materials for National Library of Medicine resources you can use for outreach projects, at health fairs or health-related displays in your library.
Especially for American Indians and Alaska Natives
The National Library of Medicine offers a variety of freely available consumer and professional biomedical and health resources. Included in this section is information from NLM and other organizations both specifically for AI/AN populations as well as for the wider population. Many AI/AN and other organizations include reports, research and other demographic information important in addressing the health and safety of this specific group.
Consumer Health Resources
American Indians and Alaska Natives are encouraged to start at MedlinePlus.gov, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health portal site, when investigating health information topics.
MedlinePlus: This consumer health resource from the National Library of Medicine provides an array of information about health and wellness and it is encouraged that it be used as a starting point when the library has health related questions from patrons. MedlinePlus includes information:
- regarding over 900 health conditions
- drug, herbs, and supplements
- in Spanish and other languages
- medical encyclopedia
- medical dictionary (with audio)
- health and surgery videos
- quizzes, videos, tutorials, games related to health and wellness
- clinical trials information
- daily health news
- MedlinePlus Magazine
- list of organizations providing health information
- directories to find local libraries, health professionals, services and facilities
MedlinePlus Native American Health: This topic page from MedlinePlus includes health information specifically for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
American Indian and Alaska Native Health: The web site is designed to bring together health and medical resources focused on the American Indian population, including policies, consumer health information, and research. Health on this web site is used in its broadest sense, and includes physical, mental, social / cultural, and environmental aspects.
Indian Health Service: The Indian Health Service is a federal health care provider and health advocate for Native Americans and Native Alaskans. A wide variety of information for patients, providers and more can be found here.
WomensHealth.gov: This informative website for women, from the Office of Women’s Health, is a wealth of information for women of all ages with information on a variety of health topics and issues important to women. The website also has a section on American Indians/Alaska Natives at https://www.womenshealth.gov/minority-health/american-indians/
NIH Senior Health: This senior focused resource includes health and wellness topics important to older adults including information caregivers may find valuable in an easy-to-read format as well as videos.
Genetics Home Reference: Consumer health information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions. The resource Includes descriptions of the symptoms, diagnostic process, and treatment options.
Household Products Database: Information from the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), regarding about 11,000+ consumer products and their health effects of common household products under the sink, in the garage, in the bathroom and on the laundry room shelf.
Pillbox: This resource is primarily to be used as a pill identifier that combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with appearance information to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical.
Drug Information Portal: A portal that provides quick access to high quality drug information from a variety of U.S. government agencies. Searches can be done using a drug’s trade name or generic name.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine: This NIH center provides information for both consumers and professionals. On the homepage information regarding health topics, herbs, and other useful information for consumers regarding complementary and alternative treatments from a quality website.
Nearly all of the National Institutes of Health provide a dedicated web page to consumer health information.
Native Voices: The Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health & Illness is a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition which examines the concepts of health and wellness among contemporary American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians. Honoring the native tradition of oral history, the exhibition features personal stories from native people across the country. The online version of the Native Voices exhibition includes interviews, lesson plans, a timeline of Native Peoples’ health that chronicles the survival and resurgence of traditional ways to promote well-being, and career-planning and educational resources.
Arctic Health: The Arctic Health website is not specifically a consumer health resource but rather a central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The site gives access to evaluated health information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies and universities.
Older Americans Act Title VI: This website provides information, through webinars and various resources, regarding nutrition, support services, and caregiver support services for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
Healthy Native Youth: is a new one-stop-shop for educators and health advocates who want to expand learning opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. The site was designed for tribal health educators, teachers and parents – providing the training and tools needed to access and deliver effective, age-appropriate programs.
Partnerships for Native Health: Partnerships for Native Health (P4NH) is a program housed within the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) at Washington State University. Over time, the program has developed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to achieve our mission of improving the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native people of all ages.
Urban Indian Health Institute: This institute provides centralized nationwide management of health surveillance, research, and policy considerations regarding the health status deficiencies affecting urban American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Office of Minority Health (OMH): OMH provides basic information regarding the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
CDC National Center for Health Statistics: Quickly find health statistics for American Indiana and Alaska Native populations.
Association of American Indian Physicians: AAIP’s membership is made up of American Indian and Alaska Native physicians who are at least 1/8 American Indian or Alaskan Native, and who are licensed to practice medicine in the United States. AAIP strives to improve the overall health of American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities through a variety of programs.
For other training opportunities and materials, please visit the NNLM PNR's class descriptions page.