Introduction.Making consumer health information accessible to the public has enhanced and empowered lives. How do we know this is fact? This unique issue will look at the research to show how librarians have been the change agents who cultivate and maintain a web of relationships and resources needed to be advocates for consumer health information. There are many unique challenges that librarians face to improve health literacy health literacy Health care A measure of a person's ability to understand health-related information and make informed decisions about that information; HL includes interpreting prescriptions and following self care insturctions. Cf Literacy. by promoting well-written, easy to understand, reliable, quality health information. There is no special formula for implementing consumer health information services See Information Systems. or models, but this issue is dedicated to addressing the imperative topic of translating formal and informal research initiatives into practice. This compilation assembles the best practices for consumer health information services and building healthy bridges through innovative and sometimes surprising partnerships.
In part 2 of the series "Consumer Health Issues, Trends and Research," contributors address the many facets that comprise consumer health information services. Applicable Research in the 21st Century promotes creative partnerships and models between agencies and library institutions and delivers strategies for achieving health literacy in a variety of communities. Nancy Ottman Press and Mary Diggs-Hobson met the health information needs of a faith ministry community by meeting people where they are, not where we want them to be, and by developing an innovative model of health information provision to a new community. Stephanie Weldon discusses the need for collaboration and marketing to ensure the library remains viable to its internal and external audiences--health professionals, hospital administrators, and the public. Erica Burnham and Eileen Beeny Peterson were moved by their experiences with patients at the Patient Resource Centre of the Montreal Neurological Hospital and chronicle the international movement to raise awareness of the necessity for health literacy. Angela Ruffin, Keith Cogdill, Lalitha Kutty, and Michelle Hudson-Ochillo's research analyzed fifty-three funded consumer health outreach projects through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and discovered that as a result of collaborations between health sciences librarians and public librarians, the public library began to perceive hospital and academic libraries as resources for medical information. Michele Spatz tells health information professionals how to formulate strategies for successful partnerships with community agencies such as parks and recreation agencies, social service agencies, and public health departments. Andrea Kenyon describes a pilot project to test the feasibility of bridging the digital divide by placing trained volunteers at Internet access See how to access the Internet. sites in community locations. Gail Kouame, Margo Harris, and Susan Murray Susan Murray BJ (born c. 1952) is a political communications director and formerly a Canadian broadcast journalist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in 1977. Her home community is Kitchener, Ontario. capture the perceptions and expectations of library staff members from both sides of the reference desk, both patron and librarian. Mary Gillaspy covers current issues like the number of health news items available in all media and the fact that physicians and nurses are spending less time providing health information and patient education during regular office visits, which impacts the provision of health information in public libraries. Lastly, Candice Smith, Kara Kara (kär`ə), river, c.140 mi (230 km) long, NE European and NW Siberian Russia. It flows N from the N Urals into the Kara Sea, forming part of the traditional border between European and Asian Russia. It is navigable in its lower course. Logsden, and Maeve Clark highlight their innovative project at the Iowa City Public Library Established in 1896, the Iowa City Public Library has served the people of Iowa City, Iowa, for over a century. Currently located in a new facility at the intersection of College and Linn Streets on the downtown pedestrian mall, ICPL serves a population of 63,000 residents of Iowa in Iowa, in which they educated the community on finding and using good health information resources (1) The data and information assets of an organization, department or unit. See data administration.
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The authors, representing medical, academic, government, and public libraries as well as library school faculty, have been selected because of their reputation, expertise, and successes in the consumer health arena. I hope that this focused collection of actionable approaches, testimonials, and prescriptions will serve as a valuable resource for librarians with an interest in providing consumer health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract at their institutions.
The author wishes to express her sincere appreciation to Jenifer Grady, director of the ALA-Allied Professional Association, American Library Association American Library Association, founded 1876, organization whose purpose is to increase the usefulness of books through the improvement and extension of library services. , and Elaina Norlin, program officer of the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent agency of the United States federal government. It is the main source of federal support for libraries and museums within the United States. , for their positive energy, encouraging words, and editorial advice.
Tammy L. Mays, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM NN/LM National Network of Libraries of Medicine , Greater Midwest Region, Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago This article is about the University of Illinois at Chicago. For other uses, see University of Illinois at Chicago (disambiguation).
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