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This module provides a snapshot of several web-based information resources that are useful for health educators who are striving to provide quality health information for their communities. The list of web sites visited here is not comprehensive but does provide an idea of the type of authoritative resources available. Indeed, every public health worker will have favorite web sites that they use for various purposes. Some of the web sites are more general, others more specific in content. All are intended to provide a quick source of current, quality health information for the health educator under a tight deadline.

Overview

Why are health information resources important for health educators? In order to make valid decisions about health care, it is necessary to have a foundation of health information that is accurate, timely, and relevant to the individual’s or community’s health information needs. Creating a program that provides evidence-based information from academic institutions and federal and state agencies ensures that the public receives the best available advice. Other benefits of these web sites include tools for networking with colleagues on similar issues, the elimination of duplicative program development, the discovery of often hard to find but significant health promotion publications, the rapid creation of materials that can supplement teaching, especially bilingual items, and methods to keep up-to-date on guidelines and policy changes that may affect a community’s health.

The resources discussed in this module are just a few of the many quality sites that are available for public health workers. Of special note are two web sites that provide guidance for the development of materials that are written at appropriate literacy levels and that are culturally sensitive. Cultural competence and literacy awareness are extremely important when creating materials for community-based projects. Obstacles encountered range from a scarcity of appropriate materials available for a particular community group to materials that are available but that simply fail to reach the exact information need. The two listed web sites provide a start when searching for guidelines to help with these issues.

Local health sciences librarians can help demonstrate the features and advantages of all resources discussed in this module. Public health workers may consider partnering with libraries when providing training for their communities.

Consult the NN/LM web site at <http://nnlm.gov> or
call 1-800-338-7657 to identify health sciences libraries in a specific community.

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