'Go Local North Dakota' Web site links consumers with healthcare resources

People throughout North Dakota now have a free, fast and easy way to find health services close to where they live.

A new Web site, “Go Local North Dakota: Discover Health Services Near You!” (www.medlineplus.gov/golocalnd), provides information and links to hospitals, doctors, clinics, support groups, immunizations, home healthcare, and other programs and services people can use to find help for themselves and their loved ones.

The Web site, “Go Local North Dakota” has been created by medical library personnel at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences with funds from the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

* Where can I find a physical therapist?
* Is there an adult daycare center in my area?
* Are there support groups for diabetic patients?
* Where can I get a flu shot?
* Do the Three Affiliated Tribes have a dialysis unit on the reservation?

These are examples of some of the questions that can be answered by searching the Web site, which is easy to use. People can search for resources by county, by types of service they want, or by a particular health topic. Services available on North Dakota’s Indian reservations are available as well as services for those living in the most rural areas of the state.

Senior citizens needing health services will also find assistance through “Go Local North Dakota.” The Web site contains a form for users to suggest new resources to add to the Go Local database.

“Go Local North Dakota” offers additional information and convenience because it is connected to MedlinePlus.gov, which is the health Web site of the world’s largest library, the National Library of Medicine. If, for example, someone using “Go Local North Dakota” wants to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, they can click on “Health Information” and be taken to MedlinePlus.gov. Or, someone reading about Alzheimer’s disease on MedlinePlus.gov can link to “Go Local North Dakota” to find Alzheimer’s resources close to home. MedlinePlus.gov is available in English, Spanish, and several other languages.

“The 50-plus population is moving quickly towards using the Internet to access information they need. That’s why AARP North Dakota encourages its members to check out the ‘Go Local North Dakota’ Web site when searching for health resources in their communities,” says Marlowe Kro, associate state director for community outreach, AARP North Dakota.

“Go Local North Dakota” is produced by the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Greater Midwest Region Office http://nnlm.gov/gmr/ of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/network.html .

For more information about “Go Local North Dakota,” please contact Judy Rieke, 701-777-4129 (jrieke@medicine.nodak.edu) or Mary Markland, 701-293-4173 (markland@medicine.nodak.edu).
-- Pamela D. Knudson, Director of Public Affairs , School of Medicine & Health Sciences , pamelak@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-2733