|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 14, 2000
Contact: Robert Mehnert
Kathy Gardner Cravedi
National Library of Medicine Announces Initiative to Help
Public Use Online Health Information
- The Wyoming Medical Center will build partnerships with libraries in the local counties. The
13-county area covered by this project encompasses nearly half the population of Wyoming,
including many Native Americans.
- In Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University Health Sciences Center Library will team up with a hospital,
a regional library, and the Cascade United Methodist Church in training librarians to help consumers
search for health information, and develop a consumer health web site.
- The Preuss School, in La Jolla, California, is a new charter school for a select group of 150 sixth,
seventh, and eighth graders. Geared to low income and educationally underserved students, the
school's mission is to prepare them for admission and graduation from a university. The University of
California at San Diego Biomedical Library will team up with the middle school's faculty to create
and integrate into the curriculum a health website especially geared to these students.
- The University of Missouri plans to reach out to consumers at a location where they frequently
congregate-the shopping mall. The University sponsors a Consumer Information Center in the
Columbia (Missouri) Mall that will be expanded to include more health care links.
- The Massachusetts General Hospital will join forces with community-based organizations in the area
to create a Health Resource Center that will provide online healthcare information for an
exceptionally diverse population of residents.
- The State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse will team up with an
organization serving older adults to offer consumer health information services to the senior
population in that city and surrounding six counties. Project organizers will teach older adults how to
access the World Wide Web to find health information and will develop a Web-based tutorial.
On the NLM Web site there are descriptions of each of the 49 projects, including the name of the project
director, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. The projects total more than $1 million and will
run variously from one year to 18 months.
The National Library of Medicine is a component of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,
Maryland. It is the world's largest medical library with holdings of more than 5 million books, journals, and
other materials. Its treasures span the centuries, from the text of an 11th century Islamic medical
manuscript to the immense image files of the "Visible Humans."
The Library's Web site at www.nlm.nih.gov carries a description of each project.