Resources File

Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library




Week 1


Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff

Comprehensive toolkit to help library staff gain competencies and skills for providing consumer health services to the public.


Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills

Book by Cecelia and Leonard Doak, which includes information on the elements of easy-to-read health information.


How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials

Step-by-step instruction for planning and creating health materials that are easier for patrons; also includes readability tools and other resources.


American Medical Association Foundation Health Literacy Videos (or

Two videos created as part of health literacy training kit for health care providers helps viewers understand the issues faced by people with lower reading skills or low health literacy.



Week 2



A website that provides information about cultural beliefs and health-related issues, patient education materials, and current topics related to the health of immigrants and refugees.


Information Rx

A free service offered by the National Library of Medicine, the program provides prescription pad materials at no cost librarians for writing an “information prescription” to topics on


Evaluating Health Information

An entire health topic with links to resources for evaluating health information.


The CRAAP Test

An easy and fun way to apply evaluation criteria by using a memorable acronym.



Week 3


National Institutes of Health – Institutes Directory

An annotated list of the 27 NIH Institutes, many of which provide publications and information for consumers.


National Library of Medicine Databases and Electronic Resources

An annotated list of numerous health-related databases and resources, many of which are geared towards consumers.


DIRLINE: Directory of Health Organizations

A directory of health-related organizations from the National Library of Medicine.

Health and safety topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Information for patients about clinical research studies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration site for consumers.

Comprehensive and current information about the flu for the public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, government leaders, school systems, and local communities.


Genetics Home Reference

Information about genetic conditions in everyday language.

Health and wellness information in an easy-to-navigate website.


Household Products Database

Health and safety information on ordinary products found in the home.

Nutrition information with dietary and activity tracking tools.



A senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging with information of interest to older adults.



A fun, interactive site to help children 7-11 years of age learn about household chemical hazards.



An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic chemicals, your health, and the environment.


Week 4


Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers

A free, easy-to-use set of training materials to help older adults learn to use computers and the Internet to find reliable, up-to-date online health information on their own.


The Collaboration Primer: Proven Strategies, Considerations, and Tools to Get You Started

An overview on creating partnerships from the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET).


Preventing Chronic Diseases: A Vital Investment

A report from the World Health Organization about the importance and implications of preventing chronic disease.