EOA 2016-17: Community Health Information Resource for 89 CHIRS

The overall purpose of the Community Health Information Resource for 89 CHIRS is to strengthen and enhance Washoe County's provision of resources to its community by building a comprehensive, easy to navigate web-enabled compendium that consolidates all the scattered information that supports the needs of the aging population. CHIRS will deliver a program of instruction, both in-class and online, to demonstrate and promote the benefits of the website and illustrate the variety of beneficial online health information resources. Classes will also include a discussion of mobile technologies and apps in the context of senior self-care and well-being. Sustainability of the project will be addressed by recruitment of students fulfilling service learning curricular requirements. By focusing on access to local services and online information resources, we hope to improve the capacity of older 88 to locate and integrate information that fosters a healthier and more self-reliant lifestyle. REMARKS: Nevada has one of the highest rates of growth of 89 in the nation, echoed in the Washoe County NV demographic profile. 89 currently make up approximately 14% 58,216 of the total population. The next 10 years will see an increase of approximately 32%, making the elder population the fastest growing segment in Washoe County. Although agencies strive at local and federal levels to connect 89 to available community services and online information, no centralized compendium is in place to help them navigate the primary care and social support systems and corresponding information resources.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Organization Type
Academic institution
Health sciences library
Project Lead


Start Date
September 1, 2016
End Date
April 30, 2017
Funding Amount
Student, College & Post-grad
Educator, College & Post-grad
General Public
Health care Provider
Library or Information Professional
Public Health Professional
Seniors (65+ yrs.)