Thursday, February 26, 2009

Go Local Kansas Health is Live

Go Local Kansas is part of a statewide health information initiative encouraging Kansans to take charge of their health. Kansas Health Online (www.kansashealthonline.org) is a health information web site, which launched last year and is sponsored by the Kansas Health Policy Authority and developed by biomedical librarians at Dykes Library. It includes information on diseases and conditions, tools and tips to make healthy lifestyle decisions, and a guide to health policy in Kansas.

Go Local Kansas (www.golocalkansas.org) launched on January 29th, 2009. Go Local Kansas allows consumers to find contact information for health care providers such as hospitals, county health departments, support groups, nursing homes, and community clinics. Users can search by location, type of facility, or a specific disease or condition. Information from all counties in Kansas is available.

The project is the result of the hard work of librarians and library staff from across the state. Librarians from Dykes Library at The University of Kansas Medical Center, the State Library of Kansas, Kansas public libraries and the Kansas Regents Institution Libraries contributed to the web site.

Data was gathered from a few state agencies, and then imported into the database. Selectors were recruited from each Regional Public Library System to create records for local services that don’t register with a state agency. Librarians from each of the Kansas Regents Institution Libraries then provided a final review of all records. This distributed model was used in an effort to provide a truly comprehensive database for residents of Kansas, as well as create a sense of ownership across the state.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation declaring January 29th, 2009, Go Local Kansas Day and encouraged residents to visit the site “today and every day in 2009 to locate health resources in their community”.

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