Who we are:
PlaneTree Health Library's mission is to guide the public to trustworthy, accurate, and free health and medical information. Based in Silicon Valley, it is an independent nonprofit online patient and consumer health library. Information and programs are offered to the public free of charge.
We believe that when informed, people can make better choices about their health, can better advocate for themselves and their loved ones, and can more easily partner with their health care providers for better outcomes. Expert librarians select and provide links on our websites to the most trustworthy and accurate medical information that is freely available. In our programs we provide context for that information, and teach how to spot fake news and identify bias so that people can be more educated consumers of health information.
PlaneTree Health Library has served Santa Clara County continually since 1989. (For more of the organization's history and our projects, see here.)
we offer these programs online, using Zoom. You will need the free Zoom app already loaded on your computer, tablet, or phone to be able to participate. Once you sign up using our online form, you will get an email with directions on how to join.
Trust it or trash it? Evaluating health information in the age of novel coronavirus.
Our news and social media blare "all coronavirus, all the time" these days. It's overwhelming -- and there's also what the UN Secretary General has called "a dangerous epidemic of misinformation". How can we tell what's worth looking at, and what to take seriously?
You don't have to be a scientist or an expert to be able to flag fake health news or speculation - those are skills that we can develop, like exercise. This presentation and discussion covers librarians' techniques for spotting bias, spin in reporting, or scams; for finding trustworthy sources of information; and for evaluating that information. Bring your questions and concerns.
Thursday October 29, 1 - 2pm PT
Wednesday November 11, 4:30 - 5:30pm PT
*Pre-registration required at this link.
If a group or organization is interested in an updated program on a past topic, contact us.
Coping with anxiety & depression during the pandemic
These are difficult times. In various polls of people in the U.S. over half of all adults said they were more worried, anxious, distracted, or uncertain than before the pandemic hit, and many of the things we used to do to help ourselves stay balanced are not available right now.
Learn about what we can do to cope, these days, and hear about some perhaps surprising ways to support resilience and mood, gathered from expert advice. This program includes how to find social services, hotlines and warmlines, crisis and longer-term assistance when needed. Bring your questions, share your own coping tips, and let's talk about how to all make it through this emergency together.
Date: July 2020 (in partnership with Sunnyvale Senior Center)
Tips and tools to help care for older family
Caring for an older family member is hard work, whether we're in the same home or caring at a distance - so let's use all the tools we can get! This program is an overview of widely available, relatively simple, low-cost technological tools and online resources to make that job easier. Format is a Zoom presentation followed by Q&A and group discussion.
Date: June 2020 (in partnership with Sunnyvale Senior Center)
Oh, for a good night's sleep!Sleep research has discovered that our patterns of sleeping are connected to other aspects of our health in some surprising ways. Learn about recent findings on how much sleep we need (and what kind of sleep), on how disordered sleep can effect many different systems in our body - and what can be done about problematic sleep habits (and what not to do). Format is a Zoom presentation followed by Q&A and group discussion.
Date: August 24 (in partnership with the Sunnyvale Senior Center)
People who are informed about their health have much higher rates of good health outcomes. But information by itself isn't sufficient. The health and medical information accessed through the links in our online library (or presented in our programs) is not intended to replace or substitute for the advice or instruction of a health care professional. As librarians, we are not qualified to express opinions about medical care, only to offer information. Be sure to discuss information found through these sources with your health care providers.
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