15-40 Connection and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine both work to provide access to vital health information to improve quality of life and the healthcare experience, especially in those audiences identified to have a greater need for these services. To close the gap in delayed diagnosis of cancer and provide the best medicine for cancer- early detection- individuals need to be empowered through an integrated approach to health education that drives behavior change. 15-40 Connection is the only organization that is using the power of patient awareness as the focus in the path to diagnosis with its 3 Steps Detect early detection education. 15-40 Connection is teaching audiences in high schools, universities, hospitals, corporations and community groups how to recognize early warning signs of cancer and how to work with doctors to detect their cancer at the earliest stages. A critical element of this education is continuity, reinforcement and access to reliable information and advice. Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has allowed for the incorporation of NNLM/Medline Plus resources into our 3 Steps Detect early detection education. All audiences we teach are provided Medline Plus as their credible resources for reliable and up-to-date information regarding doctor/patient relationships, symptoms, confidentiality and patient's rights.
Tricia Scannell Laursen