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What we're up to - announcements, programs, activities.

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About PlaneTree Health Library

PlaneTree Health Library's mission is to guide the public to trustworthy, accurate, and free health and medical information. In operation since 1989, it is a free, public, patient and consumer health library and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It does not accept advertisements; it has no commercial relationship with the sources of information on these webpages. Visit our online information guides linked from our main website at:

Announcements & press releases

PlaneTree Health Library Receives an Award to Create New Video Series

The Planetree Health Library received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's Region 5 in support for our new video series, Diversity Dialogues. The oral histories recorded for this project will explore cultural barriers in physician-patient communication, voicing different communities' experiences with U.S. health care systems and practices.  Recorded as short videos, they will showcase the stories of people in Santa Clara County as they talk about ways they can advocate for equity and respect in their health care.

The purpose of NNLM's Collection Equity Outreach Award is to increase library collections of materials that amplify diverse voices on health / medical topics from underrepresented or marginalized communities. That goal dovetails with PlaneTree Health Library's mission to empower people to take better care of their own health, the health of their loved ones, and the health of their communities. Like all of the information in PlaneTree Health Library's online collections, videos in this series will be available for free.

Silicon Valley Connect Networking Meetings

It has been harder to connect these days, so we have convened a local group to share information about local resources, to spread the word and market each other’s efforts to the people in our organizations, and to encourage partnership in our communities. Non-profits, government, businesses, and educators in the Silicon Valley meet on Zoom once a month to share what they do and in turn build an online community. There have already been several connections and partnerships created because of this group. You never know what kinds of opportunities will happen when you are networking!

Please send email to to register for the next networking meeting and receive the Zoom link.

Next Upcoming Silicon Valley Connect Meeting

The next meeting for Silicon Valley Connect is:

     Wednesday, May 25 at 1:30pm 

Please send email to to register and receive the Zoom link.

Online Collections

We are constantly updating the content in our online collections. New sections and items are flagged with this icon:

 See our Later Life series of three resource guides:

Our Emergency Health Information resource guides:

Our guide to Evaluating Health Information (spotting fake health news, spin in reporting, and understanding research reports):

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