Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy, illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to obtaining basic health information. Healthy Roads Media develops and disseminates resources to provide health information for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
Healthy Roads Media was begun in 2002 with a grant from the National Library of Medicine. At the end of this grant period there were four topics in four languages in three formats. The grant evaluation work was conducted with four local agencies (refugee resettlement agency, public health department and two community health centers) in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo has a very large and diverse refugee population. The results of the evaluation indicated that further exploration and expansion of this work was justified. Additional funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine helped to continue evaluation efforts and to develop information resources dealing with emergency health issues and vaccine information. There have been a number of non-profit, hospital systems and government organizations who have been interested in having materials developed on specific topics or in specific languages. For example, the Virginia State Health Department has supported the development of the tuberculosis education materials and Heartland Alliance has supported the development of a number of diabetes and mental health materials. During the past 13 years The number of information resources grew considerably – 25 languages, 100+ topics, 6 formats. During the first 8 months of 2014 over 50,000 unique visitors came to the Healthy Roads Media website to find multilingual health information and over a half million free health education files (handouts, audio files or streaming videos) were accessed/downloaded from the Healthy Roads Media website by users from all over the United States and around the world.
Healthy Roads Media was originally funded through several sources. Grants help fund new materials development and evaluation work. The Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine provided on-going operational support so that many of these developed resources could be made available for free. This ended in September 2014. Healthy Roads Media has never accepted advertising. Healthy Roads Media Store continues to offer some free materials through the Free Media Library. Low cost materials help to support this and to provide the support for the development of new materials. videos for TV-based video-on-demand patient education systems in hospitals, installing the videos into digital libraries, intranet use, integrating into the patient education databases of electronic health records and loading onto mobile devises for outreach work. There is an extensive handout collection that includes many free materials.
The content of the materials is always from reliable sources and the information is reviewed and updated regularly. Translated materials have been created through a quality controlled professional translation process. Materials are reviewed at least every three years and updated as needed. Videos are available for purchase for use on video-on-demand patient education systems in hospitals, installing into organization digital libraries, intranet use, integrating into the patient education databases of electronic health records, loading onto mobile devises for outreach work, etc. There is also extensive handout collection that includes many free materials. The Free Media Library materials provides access to many multilingual video and audio files. Some of these resources are also available via the National Library of Medicines new multilingual health information website - HealthReach
Healthy Roads Media, LLC is currently based in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Director: Mary Alice Gillispie, M.D.
Healthy Roads Media provides these materials for educational use only .
They should not be used as a diagnosis or substitute for medical advice.
If you have questions or concerns about your health, a medical professional should be contacted.
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