Beyond WebMD: A Local Resource for Reliable Health Information
When I talk to children about what a librarian does in the community, I tell them we like to share.
Since we are part of a consortium, we can share our materials as well as those from other libraries. Sometimes what we share is fun, sometimes practical, and sometimes life-giving.
Advocate Children's Hospital is not in our consortium, but MGPL partners with their Children's Health Resource Center to share early literacy resources and help our community's children to reach their full potential.
A reliable Advocate
When I search online for medical information, I often encounter language I don’t understand, buried under information that clouds instead of clarifies. Sometimes the information is not correct, which is a scary thought when it comes to health care!
You can find clarity close to home with Advocate, which has:
- an online resource center for reliable health information for adults, teens, and kids
- a new library catalog that makes it easier to access the information you need
- a collection of health articles written by medical professionals for people like me and you
- an ebook library with over 800 consumer health ebooks for families, which you can download on any device
You can also visit them in person to borrow library materials (appointment required—contact them here). Having an Advocate doctor is not required.
Kathy and their caring staff will help you find what you need. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teen, or child, they can get your questions answered and prepare you for whatever medical journey you are on.
Check it out!
Debbie Wiedeman is the Early Literacy Coordinator at Morton Grove Public Library.