HEALTH INFORMATION PROJECT: A NATIONAL MODEL
(POUGHKEEPSIE, NY) – The Mid-Hudson Library System’s Health Information Project has been cited by Libraries for the Future, a national organization that promotes library usage, as a unique resource for teen-oriented information addressing substance abuse and related health issues. Special to the Project is its emphasis on current teen-reviewed, teen-recommended materials. Project 2001 hired and trained 37 teen reviewers at seven participating libraries in Catskill, Hudson, LaGrange, Mahopac, Pawling, Plattekill and Town of Ulster. After viewing 116 videos, 29 highest ranked titles addressing topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, eating disorders, peer pressure, violence prevention and suicide were purchased for circulation at no charge through public libraries. Videos are used by students, teachers, and agencies serving youth.
A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “Generation Rx.com”, found that more than two-thirds of 15- to 24-year olds use Internet sites as information sources for health issues. Teen reviewers visited 50 youth health websites and selected 15 for linkage to the Project’s site at http://midhudson/hip/main.htm. Following the summer review program, the teens gave presentations to their peers at area schools.
The Health Information Project is funded by the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
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