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Improving Health Awareness Through Access to Quality Health Information

This request seeks to fund the purchase and support of 20 iPads loaded with NLM consumer health information for adults and children. This proposed project is a partnership between the Charlevoix Public Library and the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Education Department. The iPads will be placed in the Library, the Hospital Wellness Workshop facility, in selected physicians' and school nurse offices and used in health clinics for American Indians and community senior events. The Health Librarian will train the health professionals to use the iPads and review specific NLM databases. The information will be reviewed semi-annually to ensure that the resources are up to date. The rural counties of Antrim and Charlevoix counties which constitutes the Library and Hospital's patron base, have many health challenges associated with obesity, diabetes and alcoholism. Access to mental health professionals and specialists is scarce. These chronic health issues combined with a general population that has limited computer skills, makes this a ideal environment to provide NLM health information for adults and children on user-friendly iPads. The mission of the Charlevoix Public Library is to connect the community to resources that educate, enrich and empower. The Library has been a partner with the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop since inception, providing community health information based on NLM resources. The Wellness Workshop supports the Hospitals' mission to improve the health and wellness of the community through health education, nutrition classes and health screenings.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Seniors
Teens
Rural
African Americans or Black
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Educator, K-12
General public
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Student, K-12
Project Lead:
Susan Kroll
Funding Source: 
GMR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2018
Funding Amount: 
$12358
Funding Period:
May 4, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
Project Status:
Completed