Health Information Outreach Award 77
PIA will provide hands on PowerPoint computer training workshops designed to improve the accessibility to web based health information and health resources using medlineplus.gov. Our workshops will increase attendees' skills in using computers to navigate many National Library of Medicine electronic medical libraries. We will teach all participants find and understand health topics and many other health resources to include the meaning and importance of health literacy. The PIA training will target the public with a focus on African Americans and other underserved populations. we will teach them all how to make the most effective use of health information and decision-support resources that can promote healthy behaviors, preventing costly and debilitating illnesses. We will direct participants to the best course of disease management offered in medlineplus.gov. Our project is designed to improve computer literacy and health literacy simultaneously, thereby increasing participants' computer skills and along with skills navigating the web for accurate health information written in plain language. With this project, PIA will give a laptop computer to least 50 participants that completes the PIA training and the online NNLM MOODLE in Health Literacy. These are laptop computers donated to PIA by the government clearing house of the District of Columbia.