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About Georgia Health - Go Local


Go Local ( is a federally-funded initiative to link users of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) premier consumer health information website, to health services and providers in their local community. The Go Local initiative enables a patient or consumer anywhere in Georgia to visit the MedlinePlus website ( for information on a health topic or condition (diabetes, for example) and then be able to link directly to a Georgia Health Go Local website to locate related services, healthcare providers or institutions, support groups, advocacy organizations, etc. in their own county or zip code.

For more info about NLM's Go Local project, see


The libraries of Georgia’s four medical schools (Emory University, Medical College of Georgia, Mercer University School of Medicine, and Morehouse School of Medicine), GALILEO, Georgia 2-1-1, Georgia academic librarians, Georgia Health Sciences Library Association, Georgia Public Health Association, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Rural Health Association, Georgia AHECs, and others, have helped implement an NLM “Go Local Project” in the state. Project coordinators for the statewide project are Jan LaBeause, Director of the Library and Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center at the Mercer University School of Medicine, and Susan Smith, Health and Education Liaison/Reference Librarian, Georgia State University. A multidisciplinary, statewide advisory board created in July 2005 provides guidance and establishes policies.


The project is being implemented in phases, first incorporating existing databases, services and resources such as the GRID database (Georgia Rural Health Interactive Directory) at the Medical College of Georgia; the Department of Community Health's (DCH) listing of all licensed health facilities in Georgia; and Georgia’s 2-1-1 information and referral services. Once these resources have been successfully utilized as the basis for Georgia’s Go Local website, we will systematically begin to add resources county by county across Georgia.

Sources of "Georgia Health - Go Local" Records

Sources of "Georgia Health - Go Local" Funding


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following partners:

National Library of Medicine

National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Georgia Public Library Service
GRID (Georgia Rural Health Interactive Directory)
Hodac, Inc.


Advisory Board for 2007-2008

Darra Ballance, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director
Learning Resource Center
Statewide AHEC Program
Robert B. Greenblatt MD Library
Medical College of Georgia

Debra B. Branton, Manager
Ivan Allen Reference Department
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library

Carolyn Brown, Reference Librarian
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library
Emory University

Katherine H. Cummings, Executive Director
Georgia Rural Health Association

Olivia A. Erbele, MS, RN, FNP, Assistant Chief Nurse
Division of Public Health
Georgia Dept. of Human Resources

W. Kent Guion, MD , MA, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Coordinator of Dissemination Activities
GRID: Georgia Rural Health Interactive Directory
School of Allied Health Sciences
Medical College of Georgia

Kevin Hatfield, Network Administrator
IT Department of Systems & Networks
Mercer University School of Medicine

Darlene Kelly, Division Head for Information Services
Multi-Media Center
Morehouse School of Medicine

Jan H. LaBeause, MLS, AHIP, Director
Medical Library & Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center
Mercer University School of Medicine

Sherri Peavy, I & R Coordinator
HODAC, Inc. (United Way of Central Georgia)

Merryll S. Penson, Executive Director for Library Services
GALILEO: Georgia Library Learning Online & GIL (GALILEO Interconnected Libraries)
Office of Information and Instructional Technology
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Lois M. Roberts, Library Director
Statesboro Regional Library System

Peter Shipman, Outreach Services Librarian
Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library
Medical College of Georgia

Julie Walker, Deputy State Librarian
Georgia Public Library Service

Rita B. Smith, MLIS, AHIP, Outreach & Education Coordinator and GaIN Program Coordinator
Medical Library & Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center
Mercer University School of Medicine

Susan C. Smith , MPA, MLIS, Health and Education Liaison/Reference Librarian
Georgia State University Library



Web Site descriptions and healthcare provider services
The Georgia Health - GoLocal links are to web sites that are maintained by other parties, and Georgia Health - GoLocal has no control over the content, timeliness, or availability of these sites. Georgia Health - GoLocal relies entirely on each web site's representation of the services provided, and no effort is made to check or verify descriptions of services, program offerings, credentials or other details. Users should contact healthcare providers, facilities and organizations directly to ensure that the personnel or services they seek are available. The state of Georgia licenses certain health care providers, and many occupational licenses and credentials can be verified online.

Web Sites are dynamic, and every effort is made to revisit sites and keep Georgia Health - GoLocal up-to-date. Please use Contact Us to notify Georgia Health - GoLocal of any new services or features. Georgia Health - GoLocal is not responsible for the content and performance of these sites or for your transactions with them. Inclusion of links to such web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such web sites or any association with their operators. Georgia Health - GoLocal does not endorse or recommend any products, providers, programs, or services.

Medical Information
The information provided in this web site is offered for general informational and referral purposes only; it is not offered as and does not constitute medical advice. In no way are any of the materials presented meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such.

You should not act or rely upon any of the resources and information available in or from this web site without seeking the advice of a physician or other healthcare provider. Specific medical advice cannot be provided by the staff of Georgia Health - GoLocal, and you are urged to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.


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