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Mobile, Ala. (November 30, 2006)
Contact: Justin Robertson, (251) 460-7045

Health Infonet of Alabama Teams with National Library of Medicine on "Go Local" Project

 
Health InfoNet of Alabama, the award-winning consumer health information service of the state’s public and medical libraries, in participation with the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus “Go Local” initiative, is now a statewide service with a new website!
 
The new site, www.healthinfonet.org, is one of the first six “Go Local” sites in the country to go live and includes a database of local health facilities and services from all over Alabama.
This database, with resources ranging from adult day care services to weight management programs, currently holds around 3,000 records and is searchable by service type or health issue focus, as well as location (city, county or zip code). Through the nationwide “Go Local” initiative, users of the comprehensive, award-winning MedlinePlus consumer health information website, www.medlineplus.gov, can link to local consumer health websites, such as Health InfoNet’s, to find health services in their communities, in addition to linking from the local sites to MedlinePlus for reliable, current health information.
 
Health InfoNet began in 1999. Its primary goal is to provide easy access to authoritative resources for residents’ health information needs. In 2004, along with its selection by the National Library of Medicine as a “Go Local” participant, Health InfoNet expanded its service area statewide throughout Alabama. This extended the partnership to all public and medical libraries in the state. Thus, residents of Mobile, for example, could now go to Mobile Public Library for access to up-to-date health information collections and assistance from library staff in locating the best resources for their particular needs. In addition, those users can also count on their local library being able to forward their information requests to the premier academic medical libraries in the state, University of South Alabama’s Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library or the UAB Lister Hill Library, if sufficient information cannot be found locally.
 
This statewide multi-institutional partnership furthers the long-standing Health InfoNet goal of empowering consumers by providing efficient and easy access to reliable, current health information. Now with the broad-ranging health resource referral capability via the new “Go Local” website, Health InfoNet has begun an exciting new chapter!
 
For more information about Health InfoNet of Alabama and the “Go Local” program, or to suggest health resources for the website database, contact the project co-director, Justin Robertson, University of South Alabama Biomedical Library, (251) 460-7045.
 
 
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Date last changed: November 30, 2006 3:16 PM
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