Webinar - Owning Your Health: Wellness Resources for Young Adults Ages 18-24

Susan Marie Halpin M. Ed., University of Massachusetts Medical School

Abstract

n the final years of high school and in the years following after, young adults ages 18-24 are embarking on the process of becoming independent. An important piece of that independence is taking responsibility for and making decisions about one's own health. This class will introduce participants (young adults ages 18 to 24, and those involved in education and health programming for young adults) to the credible and trusted online health and medical resources from the National Library of Medicine and partner organizations that can be used to guide health decisions. Participants will learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness, tools for evaluating online health information for credibility, as well as best practices for preparing and communicating with a health professional during a medical appointment. After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to: o Evaluate the credibility of online health information using at least 5 different evaluation criteria: source, quality, currency, bias, purpose and privacy. o Create a wellness plan the encompasses each of the following aspects of wellness: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. o Identify at least 5 NLM resources that will help them locate or maintain information about their health. o Explain 3 best practices they can implement to prepare for and effectively communicate during a medical visit.