Policies

Our team of Consumer Health Librarians are always happy to help you find information so that you can speak comfortably with your doctor and achieve better outcomes through compliance and understanding. All librarians conducting research are certified through the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization Program. Librarians never conduct diagnoses, recommend or vet healthcare providers or use symptoms checkers that are available on the Internet. Librarians are happy to provide you with information about topics or healthcare providers so that you can make an informed decision in your interests. All research, with the exception of wellness, requires a diagnosis by a doctor or healthcare provider.

Librarians adhere to a legal disclaimer:

Disclaimer

Information provided by the East Brunswick Public Library and its employees has been gathered from a variety of consumer health resources. This information should not be interpreted as medical or professional advice. All medical information should be reviewed with your physician or healthcare provider. By completing this form or reading the information, the person seeking information releases the East Brunswick Public Library from any and all claims arising from The Library furnishing the information.

 

Content Selection Policy

The Just for the Health of It portal is a multilingual, community-based resource designed to keep Middlesex County’s multicultural residents health literate so that they can achieve their best health outcomes. The portal is maintained by the East Brunswick Public Library’s team of trained consumer health librarians who received Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) through the Medical Library Association. The library is a member of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Librarians receive ongoing and specialized training from NNLM in how to select authoritative and evidence-based health and wellness information that span all ages, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientation. NNLM’s main goals are “to work through libraries and other members to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information.”

The portal is restricted to health content that is derived from nonprofit entities that are governmental (.gov), community-based (.org), or academic (.edu), and that are grounded in peer-reviewed, evidence-based research or relevant to Middlesex County. The majority of content in the portal is gleaned from the librarians’ NNLM training and is the foundation of customized medical research for patrons. The portal excludes websites that are for profit (.com), with the exception of a few that have been evaluated by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and which meet the criteria of being “high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising.”