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Helping Seniors Take Health Decisions into Their Own Hands

Health information can change quickly. In an underfunded public library, this translates into out of date resources that can misinform consumers. Unfortunately, the capacity of our public computing is insufficient to meet the needs of our community, and therefore directing people to online health resources such as MedlinePlus is a challenge. Additionally, we do not have the staffing capacity to provide instruction on available, accurate resources. Our residents, and especially our seniors, are unaware of the free, easy, and accurate material available through MedlinePlus. By adding 5 new computers as well as dedicated staff time for instruction and patron support, we will improve the knowledge base of our community and grow their confidence in advocating for their health needs.
Organization:
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Men
Seniors
Women
Rural
Suburban
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Project Lead:
Michelle Sampson
Funding Source: 
NER
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$7000
Funding Period:
May 1, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded