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Community Health Outreach: Consumer & Patient Health Information Sources

This page features consumer health information sources to which practitioners can direct and/or print out materials for their patients. Health information from these sites are written in layman's terms and come from credible, reliable, updated, and authoritative sources, including the National Library of Medicine. 

Health Insurance Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace

Information and enrollment site for health insurance coverage obtained through the Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare).

Start Here: MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is a trusted health information resource. The website is free, easy to understand, excludes ads, and is kept up to date by the National Library of Medicine. It's also offered En Español. It offers information on health topics, drugs and supplements, videos and tools, lab test information, a medical encyclopedia, and links to health information in multiple languages. 

Health Information in Multiple Languages

A collection of cross-cultural health resources and information in multiple languages for patients and healthcare providers and educators. Searchable by language, country, format of material, etc. Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

MLA Top Health Websites

The Medical Library Association (MLA) finds the following web sites particularly useful for patients and consumers (sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order):

Social Support for Health Conditions

PatientsLikeMe: This site describes itself as a free website where "people with chronic health conditions get together and share their experiences living with disease" so that patients can learn from others who have gone before them and  researchers can apply learnings to develop new and better treatments.

Smart Patients: Smart Patients, is an online community founded by Giles Frydman, one of the founders of Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) and Roni Zeiger, an urgent care doctor. This community is intended for patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses.

***Please note that because PatientsLikeMe and Smart Patients serve as social sites, individuals share their own experiences and perspectives. While information sharing and social support can be extremely valuable, each person, their diagnosis, and treatment is different. Patients should talk with their doctors about information shared on the site and should follow their doctor's advice.***