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Use womenshealth.gov to help your patients

More and more, people are encouraged to be wise health consumers. Although sources of health information are abundant, the credibility and quality of this information is often questionable. At the same time, health literacy — the ability to understand health information and use it to make good decisions about health and medical care — is a significant problem in the United States. About one-third of Americans have limited health literacy. This can make it hard for them to:

  • Locate health care providers and services
  • Fill out forms
  • Provide a personal and family health history
  • Understand how lifestyle can affect health
  • Get preventive care, screening tests, and immunizations
  • Manage chronic health problems
  • Follow instructions to use medicines

Health professionals can help their patients become wise health consumers and take better care of themselves by directing them to reliable sources of health information that are up-to-date and easy to read. That’s where womenshealth.gov comes in. Here, you will find up-to-date health information written in plain language that you can share with your patients, as well as a host of other resources.

Here is an overview of what womenshealth.gov can offer your patients:

  • Free information on a wide range of women's health topics, including special Web sections on featured topics of importance to women, easy-to-read fact sheets to download and print, checklists and health tools, and links to organizations and resources that women can trust. We also offer health information and resources for special populations, including minority women, women with disabilities, men, and Spanish speakers.
  • Some print publications, including our breastfeeding guide for African-American women. Other publications can be viewed online or easily printed.
  • For your breastfeeding patients, our toll-free National Breastfeeding Helpline offers breastfeeding peer counselors, trained by La Leche League, who can give support and answer questions in English and Spanish.
  • English- and Spanish-speaking health information specialists who can refer your patients to health information on our site or other appropriate and trustworthy health organizations.
  • Health efforts and programs, which help to build awareness of targeted health issues, such as lupus and heart disease, and empower women to take action.
  • For your young patients or the mothers you see, girlshealth.gov helps girls ages 10-16 learn about health, growing up, and other topics that adolescent girls are concerned about or may face. The site uses positive, supportive, and nonthreatening messages to motivate adolescent girls to choose healthy behaviors.

Some print publications, including Women’s Mental Health: What It Means to You, can be ordered free of charge. Other publications can be viewed online or easily printed.

Content last updated March 19, 2014.

Resources last updated March 19, 2014.

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