Health and Medical Resources

Regence BlueCross BlueShield
Consumer Health Information Center

Pleasant Valley Branch Library
5568 South Adams Avenue
Washington Terrace, Utah 
801-337-2690

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Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. – May): 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Resources

ALT HEALTHWATCH

This resource provides in depth coverage of complementary, alternative, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It includes articles (1990 to present) from over 140 publications.

Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state health insurance plan for children. Working Utah families who do not have other health insurance may qualify for CHIP, with eligibility dependent on family size and income. CHIP provides children with access to many medical services such...

Drug Information Portal

This site is a gateway to detailed information on over 12,000 prescription medications. It is maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Gale Medical Encyclopedias

A set of medical encyclopedias that provides detailed information on hundreds of diseases, disorders, conditions, therapies, and medical procedures. Many of the articles have illustrations and links to additional resources.

HEALTH SOURCE - CONSUMER EDITION

A resource that provides access to the full-text of over 190 journals covering authoritative health information for consumers. Topics covered include general health, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and other topics.

HEALTH SOURCE - NURSING/ACADEMIC EDITION

This database provides full access to more than 550 medical journals focusing on a wide variety of medical disciplines. It is a good resource for obtaining in depth articles on diseases and medical conditions and for keeping current on different areas of medicine.

Medical Home Portal

This site provides information for physicians, parents, teachers and other professionals to help with the care of children with chronic conditions.  Caregivers are linked to local resources, best practice guidelines for common chronic conditions in children, and practice-based case managers to...

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. It has information from reliable and trusted sources on over 700 diseases and conditions. 

MyHealthCare in Utah

This site provides easy access to Utah hospital reports that compare measures for charges, quality and patient safety.  The Utah Department of Health's Health Data Committee provides the information, along with other health care information for consumers. 

Utah 211

Utah 211 is maintained by the United Way of Salt Lake City. This resource offers links to many community help agencies such as domestic violence services, crisis and suicide prevention help, and homeless shelters. This website includes a...

Utah Advance Health Care Directive / Living Will

The University of Utah Center on Aging provides this form for an individual to specifiy what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.

Utah Department of Health

This state agency site provides information on family dental and safety clinics, as well as immunization, health insurance coverage and resources for children with special needs.  Users may also order birth and death certificates online.

Weber-Morgan Health Department

This site provides information how to obtain a food handler’s permit, where to get STD/HIV Tests, and how to obtain local birth and death certificates and emissions inspections. Emergency response, environmental and public health information are also accessible on this website.

X-Plain Easy-to-Read Health Information

This site provides access to over 300 interactive medical and health videos covering many illnesses, conditions, medical tests, etc. The videos are designed for all patients and consumers regardless of their educational level, ability, or familiarity with computers. 

Websites

Familydoctor.org
A service of the American Academy of Family Physicians, this site provides information and patient hand-outs for common medical concerns and conditions.

Healthnet Utah
This site provides links to high quality consumer health information and to Utah based health support services. It is maintained by the University of Utah.

MedlinePlus
This site has up to date medical and health information from the National Institutes of Health. It has links to trusted sources for over 700 diseases and conditions.

Affordable Care Act and You link

Pain Tracking : Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Chronic Pain

Pain Tracking : Your Personal Guide to Living Well with Chronic Pain
Book
Artist/Author/Cast: 
Barrett, Deborah
ISBN: 
1616145137

Millions of people suffer from debilitating chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, chronic headache syndromes, neuropathies, or other painful conditions. People contending with chronic pain often spend considerable time, energy, and money searching for answers and visit multiple doctors, trying anything to find relief. When the source of pain is unclear or difficult to diagnose, their experiences are additionally frustrating, exhausting, and depressing. This book offers a hands-on approach to improving life with chronic pain, whatever the underlying cause. As a sociologist, psychotherapist, and someone with firsthand experience with chronic pain, the author understands the challenges that accompany pain and has devised realistic strategies to fare better. Paintracking provides a systematic method that empowers individuals to navigate the otherwise overwhelming array of treatment options and incorporate the effective ones into their lives for continued, incremental progress. Its cornerstone is a self-study tool that enables readers to improve. Readers are instructed on how to track and interpret their experience, whether using a pen and paper or the online tool offered as a companion to the book. By cultivating awareness of how their body responds in different situations and to different therapies, readers will become capable self-advocates, able to make informed choices. Written in clear, understandable prose and filled with sociological insights, therapeutic lessons, practical tips, and empathy, this book offers realistic hope to individuals who often feel hopeless in the face of confusing, debilitating pain.

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