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The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making

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Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Computer Lab

200 NE 18th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making (half-day workshop for library and literacy staff and volunteers)

In this hands-on class, the savvy health consumer and the current healthcare environment are explored. The burden of navigating the complex and confusing health system is increasing for patients and their families. The resources covered will help consumers, and those helping consumers, find quality health information and navigate the healthcare system. Topics include: finding a healthcare provider/hospital/clinic, health insurance, technology and tools, patient safety, and finding the evidence.

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  • Discuss ethical, social, and privacy issues and/or practices surrounding personal health records and consumer health e-tools
  • Utilize resources presented to locate reliable, authoritative health information specific to navigating the healthcare system

There is no prerequisite for this class.

Shari Clifton, MLIS, AHIP will teach this class. Shari is the Associate Director and Head of Reference and Instructional Services at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Travel stipend for overnight stay may be available. You must be affiliated with a public library, library system, tribal library or literacy organization which is 60 miles or more from ODL to qualify for a travel stipend. Initial travel stipend paperwork must be returned to ODL before the class date. Contact Doris Dixon to request paperwork via email Doris.Dixon@libraries.ok.gov or phone (405) 522-3217. Stipend will be based on lodging receipt, up to $92. If lodging charges are less than $92, the contract will be written for the actual amount, not $92. Mileage also may be reimbursed at 30 cents/mile if you are paying for your own gas & cannot collect from your library/literacy organization. Stipend contracts will be made out to the library/literacy organization. It will be your responsibility to collect your reimbursement from such organization. No travel stipend contracts will be paid until the class has been attended and photocopied proof of overnight stay (if applicable) has been submitted to the Office of Library Development.

This class made possible by funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

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