HealthInfoIowa is a result of a grant provided by the National Network of Libraries, Greater Midwest Region in 2000. The grant provided funds to support access to electronic health information for the public. The Iowa Consumer Health Information Project (ICHIP) managed the grant. Members in the ICHIP included:
The State Library of Iowa
The Iowa Department of Public Health
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa
Unity Point Health Sciences Library
Ames Public Library
Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
Since 2010, HealthInfoIowa has been managed by the State Library of Iowa and the Polk County Biomedical Consortium in Des Moines, Iowa. Consortium members include health science librarians from the following institutions:
Broadlawns Medical Center
Des Moines University Library
Drake University Cowles Library
Grandview University Library
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Library
Mary Greeley Medical Center McFarland Clinic
Mercy College of Health Sciences Library
Mercy Medical Center Levitt Medical Library
Methodist/Lutheran/Blank Children’s Hospital Health Sciences Library Services
VA Centrall Health Care System
Health science librarians from these institutions review and update the pages on this site. Final editing is done by Pamela Rees, M.A.L.S, A.H.I.P, Medical Reference Librarian at the State Library of Iowa.
1. Health information consumers and providers will have access to a single consumer health website that will combine national, state, regional and local resources, improving their access not only to printed information but also to agencies, organizations, and services that can help consumers meet their information needs.
2. Health information consumers and providers will improve their ability to find health information related to their needs and evaluate the quality of the resources they find.
3. Health information consumers and providers will be able to obtain or connect with identified resources, resulting in statewide equity of access to health information resources.
4. Health information consumers and providers will enhance their abiltily to evvaluation, select, distribute, and promote high quality health information and to assist consumers in finding and evaluating health information.
5. Health information consumers and providers will be more aware of and make greater use of the full range of high quality resources available
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