The Greater Midwest Region National Network of Libraries of Medicine at Hardin Library has launched the Underserved Health Communities Project which is an interactive map showing data and stories related to twenty medically underserved counties within the ten state Greater Midwest Region which includes Iowa.
The GMR Office is using its Facebook page to help members make connections between health news and available National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and databases.
Health news is presented to us daily and the GMR Office hopes to increase health literacy by linking these current health issues to a variety of resources to help its members get the most out of their healthcare.
NPR published “Caring For A Loved One At Home Can Have A Steep Learning Curve,” which stated that about 44 million Americans are unpaid family caregivers, such as parents, children, and spouses caring for their elderly, sick, or disabled loved ones. The article mentions that many of these family caregivers don’t receive enough training to properly provide care.
The GMR Office posted the article to its Facebook page and directed readers to NLM 4 Caregivers, a collection of over 16 health databases from the specialized information services branch of the NLM and NIH. These include ClinicalTrials.gov to help caregivers find and research clinical trials; Pillbox, which can help caregivers identity unlabeled or lost medications; and the Drug Information Portal to help caregivers look up side effects, the manufacturer’s drug label, and references to the drug in scientific journals.
Many consumers aren’t aware of the vast variety of free and trusted health resources available through the NLM, but the GMR hopes to remind its members of their existence, one news story at a time.
The Spring issue of Bindings has a story on Hardin Library’s $6.5 million dollar grant and designation as a Regional Medical Library. Bindings also contains other information about the University of Iowa Libraries services, programs, and exhibits.
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