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Who is a Health Consumer?

DHSS Library Consumer Health Information page

Health Consumers are people who use health services, as well as their family and caregivers. This includes people who have used a health service in the past or who could potentially use the service in the future.

Consumer Health Information is focused on easy-to-use apps and websites to help Health Consumers be more informed about their health care options. This differs from information written by or for medical professionals because it uses less technical language and has user-friendly formats.

These resources are all free to the public and can be available in multiple languages. 

DISCLAIMER: These resources are meant for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For questions related to advice, diagnosis, or treatment, please contact a licensed medical provider.


MedlinePlus icon

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

MyHealthFinder home

When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to go to get the latest, most reliable information. has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. content syndication lets you add easy-to-read, actionable, and evidence-based health information to your website. This free service from the National Health Information Center provides award-winning content from our Health Topics A to Z content.

JAMA Network - Patient Information


Explore the latest patient information from the JAMA Network, including easy-to-understand information about prevention and management of common illnesses.

Search by keyword or browse through one of the nine JAMA publications.

Available to access free of charge.

Delaware Journal of Public Health


The Delaware Journal of Public Health is published five times per year, and is the signature peer-reviewed journal of the Academy/DPHA. The DJPH is an electronic-only publication, produced to be platform-agnostic (visible on any device with any operating system as long as it has internet access), and dynamic with links out to other resources.  Unlike a hardcopy publication, the DJPH can connect directly to other resources, studies, events, etc. as determined by the authors.  We believe this model is in keeping with the times and patterns of access by our readership.  It is also eco-friendly, and respects limited resources.

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My Healthy Community

My Healthy Community, Community Characteristics page     Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard
     A resource of COVID-19 data and facts for Delaware families
    and communities.

     My Healthy Community
     A resource from the State of Delaware that provides
    community-level statistics and data that can be used to
    understand and explore health and related factors that
    influence health.
Our health and the environment in which we
    live are inherently connected. Together, communities can use
    data to inform place-based approaches, support, and facilitate
    data-informed discussions that describe and define population
    health priorities, and leverage data to transform communities
                                                                         by educating them about their community's health and the
                                                                         environment in which they live.

Stand By Me


Stand By Me can help you reach financial well-being at every stage in your life.
The website can be translated into both Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Personal financial coaching is available free of charge to Delawareans from all walks of life.

  • Childcare partnership
  • College funding
  • Aspiring homeowners
  • Delaware taxpayers
  • Small business community
  • Pre- and post-retirement
  • Workforce development partnership