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Title: Health Information for Kids, Teens and Seniors, Oh My


1
Health Information for Kids, Teens and Seniors,
Oh My!
  • Kelli Ham, MLIS
  • Consumer Health Coordinator
  • NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
  • An Infopeople Webinar
  • October 28, 2008
  • 12pm-1pm

Infopeople webcasts are supported by the U.S.
Institute of Museum and Library Services under
the provisions of the Library Services and
Technology Act, administered in California by the
State Librarian.
2
Objectives
  • Attendees will be able to
  • understand the different health information needs
    of children, teens and older adults
  • refer users to quality age-appropriate health
    resources
  • provide health programming of interest to users
    at various life stages
  • engage community partners to enhance services

3
Agenda
4
Different Ages, Different Needs
5
Health Information for Young People
  • Young people have health information needs, but
    they may not think of it in those terms.

6
Information-seeking Behavior
  • Young children rely on trusted adults for
    information
  • Older kids more likely to ask friends rather than
    an adult
  • Teens more likely to go online or look up
    information on their own
  • Often tech-savvy, but not about evaluating
    quality of health information on the web

7
What is on their Minds?(The Short List.)
  • Young children
  • body parts, pooping and peeing
  • Grade school
  • body fluids (barf, snot, sweat)
  • Tweens
  • puberty!
  • Teens
  • acne, dieting, sex (not necessarily in that order)

8
What Do They Actually Ask?
  • Poll Do you serve young patrons?
  • If so, please describe one or two
    health-related requests youve received. What
    are some challenges in serving young users?

9
Kids Health Info on the Web
  • The Good News
  • Lots of quality content for all ages
  • Interactive websites
  • Great opportunities for librarians to teach
  • The Bad News
  • Lots of bad content
  • Kids lack evaluation skills
  • Few opportunities to learn best resources on
    their own

10
Great Online Starting Points
  • KidsHealth.org A health site for kids, teens and
    parents, including a teachers section with
    lesson plans for different ages and grades.
  • BAM! This site from the CDC is for kids 9-13
    years old. The Teachers Corner includes
    activities and guides on health topics.
  • Yucky From Discovery Health for Kids, the Gross
    Cool Body site is an interactive, fun and
    informative site on things like Pimples, burps,
    farts and funnybones. That says it all!

11
Kids Health
  • kidshealth.org

12
Different Styles for Kids and Teens
13
KidsHealth in the Classroom
14
KidsHealth Game Closet
  • Experiments and games offer plenty of ideas for
    fun activities

15
BAM! Body and Mind from the CDC
  • BAM! Classroom has numerous activities of
    interest to kids and teens
  • bam.gov

16
BAM! Teachers Corner
17
Yucky from Discovery Kids
  • yucky.discovery.com

18
Teacher Center on the Yuckiest Site
19
Additional Kid-Friendly Sites
  • girlshealth.gov
  • mypyramid.gov/kids
  • toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov/
  • MedlinePlus Childrens and Teens pages

20
All about Girls Health
For girls 10-16 years old girlshealth.gov
21
MyPyramid.gov/kids
22
Blast Off Game in MyPyramid.gov
23
MedlinePlus Childrens Page
24
MedlinePlus Teens Page
25
ToxMystery for Children Ages 7-10 Years
  • toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov

26
Interactive Fun and Learning
27
Environmental Health and Genetics
  • For older students
  • ToxTown
  • Genetics Home Reference

28
Tox TownResource about environmental hazards in
common places
  • toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

29
Welcome to the Farm
30
Genetics Home ReferenceUser-friendly site to
help understand genetics
  • ghr.nlm.nih.gov

31
In General
  • Young people
  • like to have fun while learning
  • prefer activities (not passivities)
  • like teaching or learning from other kids
  • enjoy creating the content or planning the
    activity
  • want to use technology

The trick is tying it together with health as
the program idea.
32
FACT Health topics are inherently dull, boring,
or embarrassing
  • So how do you make it fun?
  • Wacky titles already in your collection
  • Utilize the web games, quizzes
  • Use technology whenever possible
  • Involve your young patrons ask them!

33
What Works in your Library?
  • Story time for the very young
  • Demonstrations and hands-on experiments
  • Games, activities, scavenger hunts
  • Technology
  • online interactive resources
  • Wii Fit Dance, Dance Revolution

34
Use Popular Titles for Storytime Ideas or Fun
Activities for Older Kids
35
Reaching Teens through Technology
Hold training classes geared to kids teens!
36
Consider This
  • Content created by and for teens, kids
  • health topic pathfinders
  • podcasts
  • video tutorials
  • peer tutor programs
  • Jeopardy-type quiz shows, games in PowerPoint

37
Partnership Ideas
  • Schools
  • Librarian, instructional media staff, school
    nurse
  • Hospitals
  • Librarian, pediatrics staff, patient education
    dept.
  • Youth organizations
  • Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts
  • Fitness programs like Students Run LA
  • Peer tutoring programs

High school peer tutors teach MedlinePlus a
model for
Hispanic outreach J Med Libr Assoc. 2005
April 93(2) 243252.
38
Health Information for Older Adults
  • Good health information is needed at every stage,
    from the Boomer generation to the elderly

39
What Appeals to Older Adults?
  • They
  • want quality information
  • appreciate help with technology
  • are likely to have more health issues and
    concerns

40
Common Themes for Older Adults
What are some common themes or issues for
health-related questions from older adults in
your setting?
41
Information Needs of Seniors
  • TOPIC
  • MEETING THE NEED
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Wellness and prevention
  • Alternative therapies
  • Healthy aging
  • Medicare and insurance
  • Caregiving, end-of-life
  • Books, print materials
  • Videos, DVDs
  • Appropriate websites
  • Directories of services
  • Targeted programs
  • Computer training

42
Trends in Information-seeking Behavior
  • Ranges from traditional to high-tech

43
Seniors and Health Information
  • Becoming more proactive about their health
  • Willing to seek second opinion (which may be why
    they are at the library!)
  • Becoming more tech-savvy (but not always)
  • Some will still prefer print or media resources
  • Older seniors more likely to trust doctors
    advice

44
Best Starting Places
  • NIHSeniorHealth
  • nihseniorhealth.gov
  • MedlinePlus
  • medlineplus.gov
  • National Institute on Aging
  • nia.nih.gov

45
NIHSeniorHealthDesigned especially for older
adults
  • nihseniorhealth.gov

46
MedlinePlus
  • medlineplus.gov

47
National Institute on Aging
  • nia.nih.gov

48
Benefits and Insurance Programs
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • cms.hhs.gov
  • GovBenefits
  • govbenefits.gov
  • Benefits Checkup
  • benefitscheckup.org

49
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • cms.hhs.gov

50
Medicare Home Page
51
Resources for CaregiversTools to compare
hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care
services provides help for caregivers.
  • medicare.gov/caregivers

52
GovBenefits
  • govbenefits.gov

53
Benefits Checkup
  • benefitscheckup.org

54
Senior Housing Locator
55
Program Ideas for Seniors
  • Fitness and wellness pedometers for walking
    programs, Tai Chi, chair yoga
  • Medicare and insurance benefits talks
  • Talks by local healthcare providers, such as Fit
    to a T osteoporosis awareness sessions
  • Nutritious cooking for one or two
  • Caregiver workshops
  • Computer training especially for seniors

56
Helping Older Adults Search for Health
Information Online A Toolkit for Trainers
  • nihseniorhealth.gov/toolkit

57
Partnerships Make Sense
  • Extend services
  • Draw on strengths and assets of partner
  • Can achieve more together than alone
  • Serve larger audience

58
Ideas for Partners to Serve Seniors
  • Senior centers
  • Nearby hospital librarian
  • Churches
  • HUD Neighborhood Networks
  • Community-based organizations

59
Discussion Final Thoughts
  • Poll Please describe either a health-related
    program you have held in your library, or at
    least one idea you might try.

60
Thank You!
Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Coordinator kkham_at_libra
ry.ucla.edu NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region UCLA
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
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