History

NC Health Info was created by the Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Funded by NLM, the site launched in January 2003 as NC Health Info “Go Local” – a collection of vetted web links to North Carolina health services. The database also included corresponding health information from MedlinePlus and was the first of its kind at the time. NCHI served as the predecessor and model for “Go Local”; a, NLM-supported program found in over 30 states. NLM’ financial support for “Go Local” ended in 2010.

In 2005, a group of librarians from academic, health sciences, and public libraries convened to develop ways for libraries to collaborate to improve access to health information for North Carolinians. The State Library of North Carolina supported this effort and the development of a portal of health information pages. These pages were added to NC Health Info. The portal launched in 2006 and consisted of easy-to-use, reliable health information pages on topics relevant to North Carolinians. These pages were available in both English and Spanish.

NC Health Info continues to respond to the changing health information needs of North Carolinans. However, our main priority remains to empower your health care decisions.