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Jan. 10, 2003 -- No. 18

N.C. Health Info to link state citizens to local resources, education; kickoff is Tuesday

10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 14)
Pittsboro Memorial Library
158 West St. (U.S. 64 west of the courthouse circle)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health Sciences Library and School of Information and Library Science have developed N.C. Health Info, a Web site to help state citizens (particularly those in rural areas) have better access to quality health information and health care within their own communities.

The site has been created with funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine – the world’s largest medical library.

N.C. Health Info is a pilot program that will be replicated in other states, officials said. This is the first such program to link statewide resources to a national database of authoritative health information (MEDLINEplus), they added.

The kickoff event for N.C. Health Info will feature speakers including Dr. Donald Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine; U.S. Rep. David Price; state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird; state Rep. Joe Hackney; Dr. Leah Devlin, state health director; Carol Jenkins, Health Sciences Library director; and Dr. Joanne Marshall, dean of the School of Information and Library Science.

N.C. Health Info links to MEDLINEplus, the NIH’s site for patient health information, to answer basic health questions and then links to local health-care resources (including resources from every county in the state). All links on this site have been researched by UNC medical librarians and meet high quality standards.

To link to N.C. Health Info, click on www.nchealthinfo.org.

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