Online Health Resources

Find a comprehensive list of online health resources compiled by GRPL staff.

Looking for local resources? Our Community Portal features links to resources available in Michigan.
GRPL library card holders can also access free health resources through our Online Database.

Health and Medicine

Consumer Health Information

  • Detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions.
  • Available in 17 languages.
  • Answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.

Consumer Health Complete

  • Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

  • Consumer health information including magazines and reference books.
  • Includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Alt Health Watch

  • Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection

  • Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.
  • For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students.
Finding Reliable Health Information

Health literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others” (defined by the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People initiative). The links below provide guidance for finding and understanding health information, as well as how to find reliable health information.

Medline Plus: The Basics of Health Literacy

  • The link above describes the importance of health literacy and provides links to resources aimed at educating the public on how to find, understand, and use health information.

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial From the National Library of Medicine

  • The National Library of Medicine provides a quick, easy-to-navigate, self-paced tutorial that teaches individuals how to evaluate health information found on the Internet.

Trust It or Trash It

  • Trust It or Trash It is a quick and easy 3-step tool to help individuals evaluate the quality of health information.

Online Health Information: Is it Reliable? 

  • This web page from the National Institute on Aging provides simple guidelines for finding reliable health information online.

Find Good Health Information

  • This page was created by the Medical Library Association to help individuals find reliable health information. It provides simple guidelines for evaluating online health content.
Mental Health Resources for Black & African American Communities

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)
BEAM is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black communities. BEAM envisions a world where there are no barriers to Black Healing.

  • Toolkits & Education – Graphics on accountability, self-control, and emotional awareness; journal prompts; articles on Black mental health.
  • Video – Trainings and webinars, recorded and available for free

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging people to get the help they need; focuses on stigma/self-stigma reduction and building trust between Black people and the mental health field.

  • Resource Guide – Directory of mental health providers and programs that serve the Black community; includes therapists, support groups, etc, but also digital content, faith-based programs, educational programs, etc 

The Loveland Foundation
Financial assistance to Black women & girls seeking therapy. 

Innopsych
InnoPsych’s mission is to bring healing to communities of color by changing the face and feel of therapy. They strive to make therapists of color more visible in the community by creating a path to wellness-themed business ownership; to make it faster (and easier) for people of color to match with a therapist of color; and to create a major shift in how communities of color (or POCs) view therapy. 

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA)’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and support for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
 

Therapy for Black Men
Primarily a therapist directory for Black men seeking therapy; includes some resources and stories.

Therapy for Black Girls
Online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; referral tool to find a therapist in your area.

  • Therapist Directory – Find trusted therapists that can help you navigate being a strong, Black woman; can search for in-office therapists by your location or virtual therapist.  

Safe Black Space
Safe Black Space is the umbrella under which various services are offered to address people of African ancestry’s individual and community reactions to cultural and racial trauma.

The following organizations are among those that offer additional information on this subject, focusing on outreach to Black and African American communities:

Understanding Medical Terminology & Talking with Your Doctor

Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

  • The National Library of Medicine provides an easy-to-navigate tutorial aimed at teaching individuals about medical words they might hear at a doctor’s appointment or other healthcare settings.

What Did My Doctor Say?

  • The Medical Library Association (MLA) has compiled a list of definitions of commonly used words and word roots used by healthcare providers.

Talking to Your Doctor

  • This page, created by the National Institutes of Health, provides simple resources to help prepare for and get the most out of doctors’ appointments. Resources for talking about specific health conditions are also provided.
Top Health Websites

MedlinePlus

  • “MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” – From MedlinePlus website
  • Contains information on over 1000 health conditions, wellness issues, drugs and supplements, and medical tests and is regularly reviewed to provide the most current health information.
  • Provides health information in an easy-to-read format and in many languages.
  • Includes a comprehensive list of links to other health organizations that provide reliable, subject-specific health information.

Mayo Clinic: Patient Care and Health Information

  • The Mayo Clinic is a highly-ranked health system in the United States. They offer information on a variety of diseases and conditions, symptoms, tests and procedures, and drugs and supplements.

National Institutes of Health: Health Information

National Institute on Aging: Health Information

  • The National Institute on Aging (NIA) “Health Information” page provides reliable information focused on the health of older adults. This includes A-to-Z health topics as well as resources for caregivers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, health while traveling, emergency preparedness, and more.

Lab Tests Online

  • Lab Tests Online is a website designed to help patients and their caregivers understand lab tests used in health care. It is produced by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

  • NIMH offers expert-reviewed information on mental and behavioral health and provides easy-to-understand brochures and fact sheets covering a large range of topics. The organization also provides links to resources and organizations to help individuals, families, and friends dealing with mental health concerns.

MLA Top Health Websites

  • The Medical Library Association (MLA) has reviewed and compiled a list of top health websites organized by topic. The list includes sites about general health, cancer by type, diabetes, eye disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke.
Food and Nutrition

The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for you?

  • In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  updated the nutrition facts label for the first time since 1994. The updated label makes it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. These labels began appearing on foods in supermarkets in January 2020. This link provides information about the new label and how to use it in daily life. For a more active learning experience, try the FDA’s Interactive Nutrition Facts Label.

FoodSafety.gov

  • This website, managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides current information on food recalls/outbreaks in the U.S. The site also has information including food safety by type and season, food storage, safe minimum cooking temperatures, and how to keep food safe during a power outage or other emergency.

MedlinePlus: Food Allergies

  • MedlinePlus provides information on food allergies by food type and includes resources for pre- and post-diagnosis.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Complementary and Integrative Health

Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?

  • The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) describes the difference between the terms “complementary,” “alternative,” and “integrative” as they relate to health.

MedlinePlus: Complementary and Integrative Medicine

  • Learn the basics of complementary and integrative medicine. MedlinePlus includes helpful resources for individuals who want to learn more about non-mainstream health approaches.

MedlinePlus: Herbs and Supplements

  • Browse a comprehensive list of herbs and supplements and learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, interactions with other medications and other safety concerns.