Health Information Outreach Award 3
PIA will provide hands on PowerPoint computer training designed to improve the general public's' access to web based health information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. We will do this by offering training in navigating medlineplus.gov and other online medical websites. The PIA training will target the general public, with a focus on African Americans and other underserved populations and teach them how to make the most effective use of health information and decision-support resources that can promote healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illness, and even promote their ability to better manage some health conditions. Our project is designed to improve computer literacy and health information literacy simultaneously, thereby increasing participants' computer skills and build awareness of, and skills for locating accurate and current health information. We will use medlineplus.gov as a teaching tool. Overall we will increase computer skills and access to online health libraries for people that may be totally unaware of these portals of health resources.