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Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP

Consumer Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region

University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Box 357155

Seattle, WA 98195

206-221-3449 /

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Resource List for K-12 Health & Science Resources for Libraries: NLM Online Playground

Health Resources:

MedlinePlus contain a variety of health and wellness information

MedlinePlus page list of various health topics regarding kids and teens

MedlinePlus Children’s Health topic page
MedlinePlus Teen Health topic page
MedlinePlus health information page for children to use

MedlinePlus health information page for teens to use
MedlinePlus school health information

MedlinePlus Information for Librarians and Trainers

MedlinePlus Twitter page

NLM K-12 Science and Education Twitter page

NLM K-12 Newsletter and Twitter signup

National Library of Medicine list of health information resources

National Library of Medicine listing of mobile apps and sites

NLM K-12 Science and Health Education

Nemours includes separate sections for parents, kids, teens and educators (also in Spanish and audio)

Drug Information:

Drug Information Portal from National Library of Medicine

Pillbox, pill identifier from National Library of Medicine

FDA, Food and Drug Administration

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Additional Government Health Resources: - information about the flu
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes information for kids, parents, educators and the community covers a wide range of topics

NIDA for Teens, information about drugs illustrates how your plate should look plus information for educators is for ages 10-16 with a wide range of information including relationships, environmental health, safety, etc. is a great resource with information about weight management, shopping and cooking, life stages, etc.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes a wide range of services and information regarding health and safety

National Institutes of Health, includes links to all the centers and institutes such as the Nation Cancer Institute is another great consumer health resource similar to MedlinePlus includes all kinds of information regarding youth including health disaster preparation and other related information for kids

Career Information:

MedlinePlus Health Occupations webpage
Environmental Health and Toxicology resource from National Library of Medicine includes career info

Not Invented Here LifeWorks includes a tab on careers in genetics

NLM traveling exhibit, Changing the Face of Medicine includes Is a Medical Career for You?
NLM traveling exhibit, Native Voices includes list of science/health programs and enrichment programs for high schoolers

Viva Peer Tutor Project

Medicine/Health information for students and educators:

Search MedlinePlus Health Topics for information on such topics as anatomy, blood, gas and more regarding how the body works for kids for teens webpage called Inside Your Body is the index to the medical literature used by researchers and clinicians

PubMed Central is a digital archive of biomedical and life science literature, copyright does apply

PubMed Health is both for professionals and the general public with a great section to learn about research and heath in the news

Environmental Health:

MedlinePlus has information on various environmental health topics such as ozone and hazardous waste

Arctic Health from NLM and Alaska Medical Library

ToxMystery game to find hazards hidden in the home

Environmental Health Student Portal

ToxTown, interactive website to see the connection between chemicals and the impact on the environment and health ToxTown curriculum
TOXinvaders game

Run4Green game

Bohr Thru game

NLM animated videos on environmental health hazards (may have to sift through to find them all)

Household Products Database to find health hazards of everyday household products

ToxNet is a list of various databases associated with chemicals of products, chemical dictionary and more


Genetics Home Reference contains information about health conditions with a genetic component genetics handbook

GeneEd contains information about genes, hereditary patterns, forensics, biotechnology and more

National Human Genome Research Institute has pages for educators and students

National DNA Day

Genes and Diseases (NCBI Bookshelf) genetic resources on lower half of webpage

MedGen organizes information related to human medical genetics

NLM traveling exhibit “Harry Potter’s World” contains a lesson plan on the role of genes in magical ability of the books’ characters

Base Chase, iPad and iPhone app that teaches DNA base pairing and students build DNA strands of various animals

“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” an immersive exhibit product of a partnership between the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

The American Society of Human Genetics resources for educators and students

Interdisciplinary Resources:

NLM traveling exhibits are a rich resource with lesson plans that combine science/health with other areas such as history and literature
NLM traveling exhibit, “Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War” recounts the experiences of veteran soldiers

NLM traveling exhibit, “For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform”

NLM traveling exhibit, “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” explores how scientific/technological progress and its effect on society

Additional Resources:

NLM Digital Collections includes History of Medicine images (copyright and permissions do apply)
printable NLM K-12 web resources handout for teachers/parents

printable NLM resources brochures and flyers (if a member of the NN/LM can be ordered for free)

NN/LM PNR Membership, join for free for additional benefits such as funding:

Membership information

Membership Form

NN/LM PNR home page

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