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Public libraries are critical to our nation’s health.

All Americans need access to current, reliable health information, especially as we navigate complex issues like health care, insurance and aging. Public libraries are a go-to resource throughout this journey.

This website, a project of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA), brings together a host of resources to help public libraries better serve their patrons’ health needs.

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Tools, program ideas and primers to help public libraries get the information and inspiration they need.

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine and its Regional Medical Libraries offer live and online educational experiences for health professionals, medical librarians, public librarians and others. The courses below are those most relevant to public librarians.

The Get Covered Connector is a nationwide online scheduling tool that allows consumers to search for free, local enrollment assistance. Consumers that receive in-person assistance are nearly 60% more likely to enroll.

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Health Highlights: Sept. 24, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

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9 in 10 Americans Not Yet Immune to COVID, CDC Director Says

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (Healthday News) -- The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a Senate committee on Wednesday that 90% of Am...

FDA Adds Abuse Warning to Labels for Xanax, Valium

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Reacting to an upsurge in abuse of benzodiazepine sedatives such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan, U.S. officials on Wednesd...

Americans Are Cutting Back on Sugary Drinks

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THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking lots of sugary beverages can wreak havoc on your health, but new research finds more Americans are turning awa...

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