McGoogan News

Consumer Health Tips: Information Resources for Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month and raises awareness of preventable health problems. Take this time to encourage the men and boys in your life to seek regular medical care and early treatment for injury and disease. If you are looking for good health websites to share with your community, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for information on screenings, healthy eating, mental health, and more.

MedlinePlus
This website is provided by the National Library of Medicine for patients and their families and friends. Information is easy-to-read and covers 1,000 health topics. Here are links to pages focused on men’s health:

Men’s Health Network 
Men’s Health Network is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to men and boys and their families. The website includes an A to Z list of information on health problems that men and boys experience, links for free healthcare services, an online support group, and fact sheets on men’s health.

Young Men’s Health 
This website is provided by Boston Children’s Hospital for teen boys, young men, and parents. The goal is to empower young men to take control of their own health. The site includes information on general, sexual and emotional health.  There is also information on nutrition and specific diseases common among young men.

National Institute on Mental Health: Men and Mental Health 
This website is provided by the National Institutes of Health and includes information on mental health disorders that are common among men. The site highlights web resources, booklets, apps, and crisis phone numbers.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Men’s Health 
This website is provided by the National Institutes of Health. It includes an overview of health conditions common among men, and a summary of the research on complementary health approaches to treating those conditions.

Library Outreach: Brown Bags and Clinic Visits

Recent library outreach to the UNMC community has included visiting outpatient clinics, and a consumer health presentation.

Visiting Nebraska Medicine Clinics

Starting in Fall 2017, McGoogan Library has been reaching out to outpatient clinics to raise awareness of library services that support patient care. We are starting with primary care, and have visited seven clinics so far. During the visit we attend a staff or provider meeting to discuss our Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) for patients and families, and highlight library services available to providers and staff.  Our next stop will be the Chalco clinic in March! If you would like a librarian to visit your clinic, please contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian at christian.minter@unmc.edu.

Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture

In January, Marty Magee provided the presentation “They Said It, You Heard It: Health Issues in the Headlines” for the Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture. The presentation featured criteria to evaluate health news shared in the media, and resources to find quality health news stories. You can watch a recording on the UNMC Brown Bag page.

Consumer Health Tips: Toy Safety for Children

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Each year, thousands of children suffer toy-related accidents, including eye injuries, hearing loss, cuts and bruises, and choking. If you are wondering how to keep your holidays safe and jolly, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for tips and advice on how to buy safe toys, and what to look for when inspecting new toys that you receive as gifts.

For Kids’ Sake: Think Toy Safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
This 2-page handout provides tips for thinking about safety when buying, maintaining, and storing toys.

Safety Toy Checklist (Prevent Blindness)
This checklist provides tips for selecting and inspecting toys to help protect children’s eyesight.

Able Play Toy Guide (Able Play)
Able Play provides a rating system and information for toys for children of all abilities. The site also provides a new toy guide to make play accessible for everyone.

Choosing Safe Toys (KidsHealth)
This article provides information on choosing age-appropriate toys, toy safety in the home, and how to report unsafe toys.

Safety Education Resources: Toys (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Includes links to different education resources including toy safety alerts, guides for buying and selling toys, and posters.

Health Information Outreach to the Community

Exhibiting at Community Events

Fall is often a busy time with conferences and health fairs, and this year has been no different! McGoogan Library often participates in local community events to promote the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS), and highlight specific information materials relevant to each audience. Some of our activities have included:

  • Sharing evidence-based breastfeeding information resources at the Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice conference.
  • Helping librarians learn about multilingual and multicultural health information resources at the Nebraska Library Association conference.
  • Sharing quality websites for women’s health at the Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference Health Fair.

Our next stop is the UNO Health and Wellness Fair in November. We hope to see you there!

Find Us at the Resource Center

In June, we launched a pilot partnership with the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center’s Resource and Wellness Center. We help the community find quality information to understand a cancer diagnosis, learn about treatment options, cope with a new role as caregiver, and more. The Resource and Wellness Center is on the 2nd floor of the Buffett Cancer Center, and library faculty and staff are available Monday -Thursday, 1:00-4:30 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

For more information on how McGoogan Library can be involved in your community events, contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian, at christian.minter@unmc.edu.