Multnomah County Library Community Health Outreach Award

The Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon received a Community Health Outreach Award from the NNLM PNR to pilot the use of health information kiosks, aimed at people who are experiencing houselessness in Multnomah County. Here is a report of their project from Steph Miller, Programming Librarian — Technology and Workforce Development. Increasing Access to Credible Health Information for Public Library Patrons Experiencing Houselessness People who are experiencing houselessness come to public libraries to find information and to use the internet. According to local studies in Multnomah County, Oregon, 57 percent of the population experiencing houselessness also self-identify as having a “disabling condition,” defined as a mental health condition, substance abuse, developmental disability, HIV/AIDS, or another chronic health condition. Experiencing homelessness can make finding health information and communicating with healthcare providers difficult. With the goal of facilitating access to authoritative health information resources and communication between patients and providers, Multnomah County Library installed health information iPad kiosks at two locations in and near downtown Portland, with the input and support of the Multnomah County Health Department. The library made these kiosks available to library patrons from September 2017 to April 2018. They highlighted a curated list of authoritative online health resources and the online health porta...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Funding News from Network Members Public Libraries Source Type: news

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Source: Indian Journal of Community Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
The following is a guest blog post by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw). With news of Grindr’s sharing of user’s HIV status and location data, many wonder how such sensitive information could be so easily disclosed and the answer is quite simply a lack of strong privacy and security standards for apps.  The question then becomes whether apps that store personal health information should be subject to HIPAA? Should apps like Grindr have to comply with the Privacy and Security Rules as doctors, insurance companies, and other covered entities already do? A lot of people already think this information is protecte...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Aetna Breach CVS Caremark Breach Erin Gilmer Grindr HIV and HIPAA OCR Source Type: blogs
On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to transition the American health care system to a single-payer system. In addition to the bill text, Senator Sanders released an executive summary, title summary, and white paper on financing options. The Act would establish the Universal Medicare Program (UMP) and, in doing so, make sweeping changes to the health care system. Once the UMP went into effect (for children, on January 1 of the first calendar year after the bill is enacted and three years later for adults), most benefits...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Bernie Sanders single payer Source Type: blogs
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Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Featured Population Health Public Health Quality Agnes Leu child caregivers family caregivers National Alliance for Caregiving Saul Becker United Hospital Fund Source Type: blogs
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Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized AHCA CBO David Introcaso Repeal Replace Senate Republicans Source Type: blogs
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Costs and Spending Following the ACA Insurance and Coverage Source Type: blogs
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Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Exclusive Source Type: blogs
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