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MedlinePlus "Goes Local" With Missouri Community Connection

Missourians have a new way to connect to local health services. NLM's MedlinePlus consumer health web site now includes Go Local links to Missouri's Community Connection (http://communityconnection.org) online services directory. Missouri is the second state, after North Carolina, to complete a Go Local connection with MedlinePlus.

MedlinePlus health topic pages now have links to related health services throughout Missouri. With this new Go Local link, an adult child concerned about a parent's Alzheimer 's disease can find information about the condition in MedlinePlus and then find listings of services near where the parent lives. A Missouri patient can learn more about a recent cancer diagnosis from MedlinePlus and then find local support groups or volunteer organizations willing to help. And, a Missouri parent finding day care services through Community Connection can learn more about childhood development and illnesses on MedlinePlus. These patients and families will all benefit from the Go Local links between MedlinePlus and Community Connection.

A special feature of Community Connection Go Local is the "Ask A Librarian" service from the J. Otto Lottes Health Science Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This link brings Missourians the services of expert information professionals in answering their questions.

The Missouri Go Local Project is a partnership of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Midcontinental Region, Missouri Foundation for Health, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, including MU Extension, the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, the J. Otto Lottes Health Science Library, and Health Management and Informatics program.

For more information about the Go Local project, including how to participate, visit "Go Local" --A Project of MedlinePlus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/golocal.html).

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