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Get Healthy @ the Library with Screencasts: Developing Health Literacy Skills

This project focuses on the skill that is the starting point many patients embark on an online search for information on the disease or condition they have just been diagnosed with. Patrons over 50 are the primary audience but the project will benefit patrons of all ages seeking health information. Spanish-speaking patrons are also a primary target because of their interest in access to health information according to recent surveys by the Library. It will develop a pilot series of online health literacy screencast tutorials that build on the resources already available through SCCL?s Get Healthy @ the Library portal. Two tutorials in English and one in Spanish will be developed in partnership with PlaneTree Health Library. The goals of these are to teach patrons how to effectively conduct online health research using recommended sites. Tutorials will demonstrate step-by-step how to construct effective searches using the online sources MedlinePlus.gov & NIHSeniorHealth.gov. The expected benefit of this project is to improve patrons? health literacy skills, awareness of NLM online resources and to promote the library as a valuable community resource for vital health information literacy training.

Organization:
PlaneTree Health Resource Center
Department:
Health Library
Funded Dates: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 to Saturday, April 30, 2011
Funding Amount: 
$15,000
Beneficiaries: 
Consumers - General Public
Librarians - Health Science
Librarians - Public/Other
Consumers - Patients & Families
Health Professionals - All Types
Other