The Patient and Family Health Information Service (formerly HealthNet) began in 1985 as an outreach program for public libraries. Our goal then was to help local public libraries become primary access points for consumer health information. We assisted librarians in building health collections, and trained them in how to conduct medical reference interviews. We encouraged librarians to refer customers with complex medical questions to us for answers.
Today’s medical information environment is a vastly different place. Ready access to the internet enables public and school librarians to easily guide their customers to reliable websites for conducting health research. We still encourage librarians to direct patient’s with complex medical questions to the Patient and Family Health Information Service. We also partner with health professionals to guide their patients to reliable health information resources. And we provide health research services for patients, their caregivers, and vulnerable state residents to help them achieve better health outcomes.
Quality health information lies at the heart of a healthy community. The Patient and Family Health Information Service links Connecticut’s patients, caregivers, and residents to information they can rely on to improve conversations with their physicians and make informed decisions about their medical care.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wendy Urciuoli, MLS
Phone: (860) 679-4055
Patient and Family Health Information Service
UConn Health Sciences Library
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-4003