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Vol. LVII, No. 9
May 6, 2005
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NIH Home Page Staff Captures Honors

Staff members from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD, recently earned seven outside awards in connection with their contributions to facilitating health communications via the web at health.nih.gov.

OCPL's Online Information Branch (OLIB), headed by NIH home page manager Dennis Rodrigues, received three awards in the category of Consumer Portal from CorHealth, a California-based organization that analyzes critical health care trends and issues for businesses. OLIB received awards for best design and best user interface, as well as an honorable mention for outstanding content. The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging also captured awards from CorHealth for their web site contributions.

Meanwhile, OLIB also picked up four bronze awards in the Fall/Winter 2004 Web Health Awards Program from WWW. Evaluated by a distinguished group of judges, the office was noted for providing exemplary online health information in the category of "Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention Information." The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and NIH's stem cell unit, managed by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, also took home awards from the same organization.

The new health information web site debuted in May 2004 with a specific purpose: "Our primary focus was to create a resource that accurately and intuitively guides users to the full range of NIH health information on any given topic," said Rodrigues. "We recognized that users want answers to their specific health concerns and, after doing considerable research, we found a way to bring online information together to meet those needs."

The web site features many opportunities for health consumers. A "one-stop online shopping" vehicle, the page is laden with links to vital research, medical findings and information. The site also helps users appreciate the role of research in furthering NIH's mission. The health information page received more than 400,000 visits in February 2005; the most heavily requested topics were depression, endometriosis, diabetes, nutrition and heart disease.

It is estimated that the NIH web site, as a whole, receives several million visits in an average month.

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