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2 Denver Public Library & Denver Healthy People 2010 Initiative “Access to Electronic Health Information for Denver” A grant sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

3 Project History DPL’s health print materials enhanced – circa 2000 DPL’s health print materials enhanced – circa 2000 Outreach efforts minimally successful Outreach efforts minimally successful NNLM – interest in online access and especially partnerships NNLM – interest in online access and especially partnerships Stephanie Weldon’s referral… Stephanie Weldon’s referral… Elaine met Stacey on Sept 5, 2002 Elaine met Stacey on Sept 5, 2002 Grant submitted Oct. 1, 2002!! Grant submitted Oct. 1, 2002!!

4 Project Components Whittier Community Assessment – Whittier Community Assessment – Key Informant Interviews Key Informant Interviews Focus Groups Focus Groups Web Sites Content Development Web Sites Content Development Beta Testing Beta Testing Launch Launch Community Outreach & Training Community Outreach & Training

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6 Initial Assessment of Health Concerns for Whittier Among both African American and Hispanic audiences, the following health concerns are consistently cited: Among both African American and Hispanic audiences, the following health concerns are consistently cited: Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, well-child care issues, complementary and alternative medicine, women’s health, sexuality, diet and nutrition. Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, well-child care issues, complementary and alternative medicine, women’s health, sexuality, diet and nutrition. Other concerns, often cited as social issues, impact health, including air and water pollution (ex. lead exposure), violence, teen pregnancy, gangs, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and immunizations. Other concerns, often cited as social issues, impact health, including air and water pollution (ex. lead exposure), violence, teen pregnancy, gangs, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and immunizations.

7 DPL Health & Medicine Web Page

8 DPL Salud y Medicina Page

9 DPL Health & Medicine Site

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12 DPL Salud y Medicina Page

13 Resources of Special Interest for Community Health Leaders DPL Government Documents DPL Government Documents DPL Grant Writing Resources DPL Grant Writing Resources MedlinePlus MedlinePlus PubMed PubMed TOXNET TOXNET PhPartners PhPartners Subscription Databases including: Subscription Databases including: Health & Wellness Resource Center Statistical Universe And lots more! Subscription Databases including: Subscription Databases including: Health & Wellness Resource Center Statistical Universe And lots more!

14 Denver Healthy People 2010

15 Denver Healthy People 2010 Web Site Provides information and data, best practices, coalition information, and more! The local resource for Denver professionals working to improve individual and community health.

16 Two New Health Web Sites Denver Public Library Designed with community input. Designed with community input. Resources for all skill levels of Internet users. Resources for all skill levels of Internet users. English & Spanish versions. English & Spanish versions. Denver Healthy People 2010 The local resource for Denver professionals in community health. The local resource for Denver professionals in community health. Information, data, best practices, coalition members and more! Information, data, best practices, coalition members and more!

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18 Partnership Provided… effective strategy effective strategy expertise and guidance expertise and guidance importance of public health & prevention of disease importance of public health & prevention of disease community action networks for promoting wellness and creating healthy communities community action networks for promoting wellness and creating healthy communities connections with public health professionals and organizations serving the community connections with public health professionals and organizations serving the community "coconut wireless" "coconut wireless"

19 Lessons Learned… Get acquainted before it’s grant time!! Get acquainted before it’s grant time!! Get a good partner, but more importantly.. Get a good partner, but more importantly.. BE a good partner! BE a good partner! Anticipate different perspectives, jargon... Anticipate different perspectives, jargon... Listen to understand THEM! Listen to understand THEM! Consider your public health department as a prospective partner! Consider your public health department as a prospective partner!

20 More lessons… Lead, but don’t try to be ‘the boss’! Lead, but don’t try to be ‘the boss’! Support your team! Support your team! Remember, people have lives! Remember, people have lives! A good Health Educator can build a whole lot of bridges! A good Health Educator can build a whole lot of bridges!

21 A few warnings… Know what you’re getting into! Know what you’re getting into! Creating a web site IS a LOT of work! Creating a web site IS a LOT of work! Maintaining a web site is a lot of work, too! Maintaining a web site is a lot of work, too!

22 It can take time! It can take time! Long hours in development… Long hours in development… Months or years of consistent presence… Months or years of consistent presence… You’re not just doing a task… You’re not just doing a task… You’re building relationships of trust in your community. You’re building relationships of trust in your community.

23 Go For It! You’re doing it anyway, everyday! You’re doing it anyway, everyday! Many people are at beginner level! Many people are at beginner level! Sooner or later everybody needs health information! Sooner or later everybody needs health information! Start where you are! Do what you can! Start where you are! Do what you can! Build on what’s already available! Build on what’s already available! Lean on your NLM Liaison!!! Lean on your NLM Liaison!!!

24 PUBLIC LIBRARIES! We’ve got what it takes!


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