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Consumer Health Information Center Wins Award

October 4, 2005 -- The Consumer Health Information Center is already racking up the awards.

The center, located at the Collin County Community College District (Collin) Central Park Campus Learning Resource Center in McKinney, was given an Express Consumer Health Outreach Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

The center won the award due to its project, in conjunction with the McKinney Memorial Public Library, titled Health Information Program (HIP) for Collin County.

“The Consumer Health Information Center opened in February of this year and so much has been accomplished in a short time,” Bobbie Long, Central Park Campus library director, said. “This award will expand our ability to form collaborative efforts within the county. It also increases the community's ability to access reliable and current health information.”

The project is a series of workshops free and open to the public, which address a number of consumer health subjects such as “Prescription for Success: Finding Health Information Online,” “Living Legacy: My Family Health Portrait Project” and others.

Long said the center has sponsored programs educating librarians about accessing health information and programs providing continuing education units in nursing.

“Prescription for Success” will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 and at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. “Living Legacy” is scheduled for session in November and December.

The workshops are a part of a collaborative health literacy program funded with the Express Consumer Health Outreach Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region. The workshop is co-hosted by the McKinney Memorial Library.

For more information or to register, contact the Central Park Campus Library at 972-548-6860 or e-mail Lisa Huang at lhuang@collin.edu.