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HealthyNJ from Rutgers University Libraries offers trustworthy medical and health information for residents of the Garden State.
At the first sign of illness, more than 1/3 of Americans turn to the internet for medical information. Unfortunately, a lot of the information they find is inaccurate, inapplicable in their state, or, worse yet, dangerous to their health.
Thanks to the efforts of the medical librarians of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, residents and medical professionals in New Jersey have single source of trustworthy, local information at their fingertips. The consumer health website HealthyNJ offers up-to-date information in both English and Spanish on over 500 topics, helpfully organized into various portals: “Diseases & Conditions,” “Health & Wellness,” “Health in NJ,” “Just for Kids and Teens,” and “Reference Desk.”
What will you find on HealthyNJ?
- The “Health and Wellness” portal provides information on staying healthy at any age, covering everything from children’s health issues like infant care, school violence, and water safety to geriatric issues like caregiving, menopause, home care, and hospice. Additional sections cover diet, exercise, health-related diversity issues, and advice on health tools, trackers, and quizzes.
- The “Diseases and Conditions” portal provides overviews of specific illnesses like autism, dozens of types of cancer, diabetes, respiratory problems, sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, tendonitis, and baldness. Complex medical information is presented in easy-to-understand language and each site links to national and New Jersey-specific resources for additional information.
- The “Just for Kids” portal provides kid-friendly information that can be used to complete homework assignments, find fun indoor and outdoor recreational spots to visit, or research teen health topics.
- The final section of the website, “Health in New Jersey,” provides disaster and emergency information as well as links to state, county, and federal government agencies, New Jersey health statistics, reference resources, places to find healthcare providers and healthcare facilities, and more.
What are the advantages of HealthyNJ over other consumer health sites?
The secret weapons of HealthyNJ are the trained medical librarians of RBHS. They make sure that content is selected and developed based on criteria including currency, accuracy, and relevance. Users can take advantage of PubMed search strategies created by the librarians to yield on-target and current articles at the touch of a button. This is an excellent way to fully explore the published medical literature, as well as to “see what my doctor is reading” on a topic.
The site is constantly being updated and improved to address new medical issues. The most recent addition on the Zika Virus presents general information on prevention/control and symptoms, as well as links to the latest updates on travel advisories and an up-to-the-minute search of the medical literature.
HealthyNJ is an unparalleled resource for information about health, medicine, and disease in New Jersey so it is not surprising that more than 28,625 people have visited the site and viewed over 47,500 pages.
Developed in 1999 by librarians at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), it was originally supported by grants from the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), Verizon, and the New Jersey State Library (NJSL). The HealthyNJ website is now maintained by librarians at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences on the RBHS campus in Newark, NJ. The site abides by the Health on the Net Principles and adheres to the guidelines put forward by the Health Summit Working Group.
ABOUT THE GEORGE F. SMITH LIBRARY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES
The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, located on the Newark campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), opened in 1975. It houses the largest print collection of the RBHS libraries and provides access to a variety of digital and multimedia resources to support the disciplines of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and health-related professions. Its staff provides professional reference services and performs systematic review searching. The library’s Special Collections is the only collection in the state entirely devoted to providing resources in the history of medicine in New Jersey. For more information, visit libraries.rutgers.edu/smith.