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News About PlaneTree Health Library: Newsroom

news and updates about PlaneTree health Library, and our events

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PlaneTalk newsletter

PlaneTalk is our monthly newsletter, packed with health "news you can use".

Each issue includes: a current health Q and A section;  plus more in-depth information on timely health issues; and a section for COVID updates of particular relevance to the Bay Area; and collection updates on new links in our online resource guides. Occasionally we publish special issues of PlaneTalk devoted to single issues.

You'll find the current issue of PlaneTalk along with archived past issues here.

Recent social media posts

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NNLM grant

Recently PlaneTree Health Library received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's Region 5 in support of our video project on better cross-cultural healthcare communication between patients and providers.

PlaneTree Health Library's Mission, Values, and Services

PlaneTree Health Library guides the public to accurate, trustworthy, and free health and medical information. We believe that informed patients are able to partner more effectively with their health care professionals. Being informed and aware also empowers people to take better care of their own health, the health of their loved ones, and the health of their communities.

Planetree Health Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and is not affiliated with any health care company. The information included on our webpages has strictly noncommercial content.

Founded in 1987, PlaneTree Health Library has been serving the South Bay communities for over 30 years. (For more information about our history, see here.) 

The links on our webpages are chosen by our librarians from the most trustworthy not-for-profit sources, curated to provide accurate and appropriate patient and consumer health information. Our online resources have a special focus on the health care concerns of people in our local communities (Santa Clara County / Silicon Valley, California) but many are universally relevant. All of the information on our websites can be accessed free of charge.

Disparities in health care, and the history of systemic racism in the United States, are among the greatest dangers to our communities and to our own health. PlaneTree Health Library has always worked to end those inequities by increasing access to health information for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and marginalized communities and individuals. In these times of protest that Black Lives absolutely do Matter, PHL reaffirms our commitment towards health care equity and inclusion.

We appreciate your trust in us as an independent resource for reliable health and medical information. Planetree Health Library has never charged the public for our services; instead they are funded by community members who value the information it makes available. Please help support our work by making a tax-deductible donation and/or by participating in the AmazonSmile program.

The text on this page is copyright PlaneTree Health Library, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA. Linked contents are the responsibility of their creators / copyright holders.