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Healthnet Program Summary

Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network was initiated by the library of the University of Connecticut Health Center in January 1985. The purpose of Healthnet is to help make consumer health information available to Connecticut's residents through their local public libraries.

 Healthnet is a librarian to librarian outreach program. Programs and services are designed to assist in the development of local public libraries as primary access points for consumer health information.

Healthnet programs and services include:

  • Training of public librarians in medical reference tools and techniques;
  • Training programs and seminars for librarians on special consumer health topics, databases, and resources;
  • Reference assistance to help public librarians answer consumer health questions from the public;
  • Research service for Connecticut residents who want consumer information related to a personal medical or health concern;
  • Training for consumers on how to find quality health information on the Internet;
  • Identification and evaluation of sources of consumer health information, including organizations, books, pamphlets, newsletters, and
    Internet resources;
  • Preparation of resource guides for librarians and consumers on specific health topics. These guides are available on Healthnet's website;
  • Consultation on collection development related to consumer health information;
  • Consultation on developing and presenting community health programs at local public libraries;
  • Publication of a newsletter to keep librarians informed of new consumer health information issues and resources;
  • Development of publicity programs and materials to promote public libraries as sources of consumer health information;
  • Special projects to help public libraries develop consumer health information collections and services.
Alberta L. Richetelle, Program Director
Wendy Urciuoli, Healthnet Librarian
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: (860) 679-4055
E-mail: richetelle@nso.uchc.edu



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