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Health Literacy: Health Resources

Information and resources for librarians on Health Literacy topics.


2-1-1 InfoLine for help with health care, substance abuse, mental health issues, and more.

24-Hour Crisis Services in CT, organized by town, from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Community Health Centers in CT provide comprehensive primary care services in medicine, dentistry, and behavioral health. Services are available to all, with a special commitment to the uninsured, underinsured, and special populations such as patients with HIV/AIDS. Find a location.

From the Connecticut Department of Public Health:

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

Connecticut State Medical Society Health Resources for Patients

Connecticut's Network of Care for Behavioral Health, a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health. It provides information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

The Connecticut Insurance Department Speakers Bureau offers free programs to help consumers navigate insurance. They will come to your library to speak about insurance-related topics such as life, annuity contracts, long-term care, health, home, renter, automobile, small business, home-based business and Medicare supplement and other plans that work with Medicare. To request a free speaker, call 800-297-3850 or go online to

These resources are all offered by the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine:

  • MedlinePlus English version / Spanish version. Medline is a site for patients that contains information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in plain language. Patients can learn about the latest treatments and medical research, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, view medical videos or illustrations, or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
  • PubMed contains 24 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books. These citations may include links to full-text content.
  • PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Training on how to use PubMed is available online. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine also offers online training.

Current health and medical news is available from a number of media venues and health-related nonprofit organizations:

For Specific Audiences

  • Kids Health is the "#1 most-visited website for children's health and development," with sections for kids, teens, and parents. Also has pages in Spanish for each audience.
  • MedlinePlus has a children's page information, quizzes, and games where kids can learn about health, how the body works, and what happens when you go to the hospital. Some of the resources are also available in Spanish.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists websites especially for kids and teens from several federal government health sites.
  • from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists children's health pages on other federal government sites.

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

  • The Cleveland Clinic offers free online webchat events with experts in cardiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and prevention. Sign up for future chats or read transcripts of previous chats.
  • The Interactive Media Library from New York-Presbyterian Hospital includes videos, 3D models, animations, podcasts, and "clinical wizards" that help educate the user about a specific health condition.

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