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This is an introduction to Healthfinder.gov, one of the MLA's Top 10 Consumer Health Websites." Information on how to use the website - as well as special features of healthfinder.gov - are discussed.

This is an introduction to Healthfinder.gov, one of the MLA's Top 10 Consumer Health Websites." Information on how to use the website - as well as special features of healthfinder.gov - are discussed.



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    Healthfinder Healthfinder Presentation Transcript

    • Healthfinder.gov
      Live well. Learn how.
    • Welcome to Healthfinder.gov!
      Geared toward a wide audience, including limited literacy readers, youth, older folks, women
      Composed of a breadth of subjects related to health
      Main purpose is to provide authoritative, general health information for consumers
    • Healthfinder.gov is…
      Access reliable, authoritative websites
      Sponsor of site: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
      Amongst MLA’s Top Ten consumer websites
      Find personalized health recommendations & interactive tools
      Menu planners, calorie counters, online check-ups
      Simple navigation
      Designed for and tested by limited [literacy?] users
    • To browse the site, you can click on the links from the left main menu or the links in the center of the page. (Notice they are the same links).
    • If you want to search for something specific, you can use the search box (top right) or the “Health A-Z” encyclopedia of health topics.
    • Want personalized information specific to you or someone you care about? Try “myhealthfinder” or “Personal Health Tools.”
    • Searching Healthfinder.gov:
      There are two ways to search for a specific concept:
      The A-Z encyclopedia
      Using the general search box
      You can also search by browsing the different segments of the site: Health News, Find an Organization, Popular Requests, Personal Health Tools, My HealthfinderTool, Quick Guide to Healthy Living
      Let’s try it out!
      Example 1: A mother wants to research on her own general information about obesity/being overweight.
      Example 2: A public library patron asks the reference librarian to find him information on smoking. He wants to research all about it – i.e., health effects, how to quit, etc.
    • 1. Textbox for simple searches. Just type in the word or phrase
      REMINDER: Two ways to search for specific info:
      2. You can also search for health topics by first letter – i.e. “D” for “diabetes”
    • Example 1: mother wants information on obesity…
      Choose the first letter of the word you’re looking for. For example, choose “O” for “obesity.”
    • Example 1: mother wants information on obesity…
      Here it is! Click on “Obesity” for more information.
    • You can narrow down your search on obesity by clicking on any of these options here. Let’s click on the FAQ’s to find out more on the subject.
      Example 1: mother wants information on obesity…
      Scroll down for more info!
    • Example 1: mother wants information on obesity…
      Healthfinder searches and finds information from various authoritative sources. Let’s click on this link to read the FAQs on obesity.
      You can see that the source for the FAQs page is the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (from the CDC)
    • The FAQ page on obesity pops up in a new window since it is taken from another source (the CDC).
      Example 1: mother wants information on obesity…
      Healthfinder has found a trustworthy site on the subject of obesity. Done reading? Just close the pop-out window and you’ll be back to healthfinder.gov
    • Example 2: patron wants information on smoking…
      Now let’s try another search using the SEARCH box this time. Let’s look for information on smoking.
      Type in the word – smoking – and press enter (or the arrow button next to the word. Your results will appear!
    • How else can I find information?
      Browse the menu options:
      Quick Guide to Healthy Living
      Myhealthfinder Tool
      Personal Health Tools
      Health News
      Find Services & Information
      Popular Requests
    • Browse: Quick Guide to Healthy Living
      To browse ALL topics, click on the ‘quick guide’
      Check out the various topics to learn more!
    • Browse: Personal Health Tools
      Healthfinder has many personal tools that you can use to assess your health. Many options are available!
    • Browse: Myhealthfinder
      Use myhealthfinder to get a personal assessment – it’s a nice, quick and easy tool to use!
    • Browse: Health News
      You can sign up to have the latest news delivered to your email or RSS reader.
      Looking to keep updated on the latest health news? You can search here.
    • Browse: Find Services & Info
      Want to find health organizations, doctors or other health services near you? This is the place to find it!
    • Browse Popular Requests
      Check out the nice listing of the top 10 most popular topics
      Popular requests shows you what the most popular searches are for information on healthfinder.gov
    • What else?
      Healthfinder.gov is offered in Spanish.
      Contact information is available, but because of the breadth of information available on the website, staff cannot respond to personal requests.
      Healthfinder.gov is also accessible.
    • Thank you!
      Questions about this presentation? Please contact:
      Lindy Brown | ljb06@fsu.edu |@lindyjb