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This informational web site is maintained by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and is an excellent resource for consumers of health care services. The goal of this site is to create a more informed public about healthcare topics and to provide access to medical information from nearly 1,800 government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities. The site offers main headings such as "health library," "just for you," "healthcare," and "organizations." By selecting any one of these buttons, the visitor can find information or on-line assessment tests on just about any topic

The site is easy to use, allowing the visitor to search by entering key phrases (similar to nearly all other sites) or to find topics by selecting the first letter of the topic they are looking for. There are a number of on-line assessments available to assess risk factors for heart attacks, cancer, alcoholism, depression, etc. There are also numerous links to other well-known organizations for more technical information.


http:/ /www.kidshealth.org

Established in 1995 and maintained by the Nemours Foundation, this web site provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. The site provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information.

KidsHealth has separate areas for children, teens, and parents—each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. The site is well designed to attract children and teens and to answer the various questions that they may have about medical, emotional, and developmental issues. Many main categories such as "my body" and "illness and injuries" let children and their parents read and understand how the body changes as it matures or how various diseases affect children, adolescents, and adults. Under each subcategory are links to national institutions that can provide more complex and technical information on diseases such as asthma.

There are thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources for both children and adults that can help them learn while having fun. This site is not only a valuable resource for children, teens, and parents, but also a helpful guide for health practitioners who care for families.

David Claeys
Physician Assistant Student
University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan Medicaid

http: //www.michigan.gov/mdch

This web site, established and maintained by the Michigan Department of Community Health, is an online resource that provides information to both consumers and health care providers on community-based services available to Michigan residents. Of particular interest are the links to Medicaid health care coverage and Mental Health and Substance Abuse services located in the left frame of the home page.

The Medicaid subpage provides a useful explanation of what Medicaid covers, eligibility criteria, and the process for applying. In addition, there are specific menus that provide information on health care coverage for children and teens, seniors, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse subpage is also helpful in identifying available services, eligibility criteria, and process for applying. Both pages have downloadable brochures that have valuable information for the consumer. Of particular interest to health care providers are the links to community health statistics. Although the site is "user-friendly," it contains a great deal of information that might be over-whelming for some consumers and health care providers.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care in Michigan

http: / /www.bcbsm.com/ atlas

This informational Web site, established by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, provides the most extensive study of its kind of medical care in Michigan and is based on an analysis of Blues' claims data. This online resource provides information on the regional rates of acute care resources, surgical procedures, use of prescription drugs, supply of physicians and hospital beds, and other health care data in Michigan. The atlas illustrates how health service use varies across the state.

This site is a valuable resource for health professionals, health administrators, researchers, and policymakers who are interested in better understanding how health care services are used throughout the state and why this use may vary among communities. The atlas can be downloaded at no cost using Acrobat Reader or ordered on-line in soft-cover.

Mary Ann Rayrat
St. John Home Services
Roseville, Michigan

Helping Hands Exhibit

Southeastern Michigan Community Exhibit Consortium, P. O. Box 21121, Detroit, Michigan, 48221, 313-342-1522, Email: dm2103@aol.com

HELPING HANDS is Michigan's story told by patients, nurses, physicians, founders of hospitals, health profession educators, allied health practitioners, civil rights activists, hospital administrators and contemporary historians. The 20 panel exhibit of 60 plus entries includes contributions from Dr. Watson Young, first African American graduate of the medical school at University of Michigan, Ophelia Northcross, Administrator of Detroit's first Black Hospital, Mercy General, Dr. Charles H. Wright, Obstetrician and historian, as well as Arthur Johnson, former Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

The purpose of the exhibit is to capture in photographs, oral history transcripts and historical documents some of the individuals, institutions and events that brought 18 Black Hospital into being, 1900 to 1956 a well as the demise of them all by 1991. Telling of the Black health care experience is presented within the context of the social and economic climate of migrations from the south to the north during periods of industrial growth and world wars. This traveling exhibit has been assembled through a community-based consortium of individuals and institutions that include the Detroit Public Library, Detroit Medical Association, and the Walter Reuther Library.

Della McGraw Goodwin
Southeastern Michigan Community Exhibit Consortium