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
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.