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In 1998 a group of individuals in the Greater Toronto Area working in Consumer Health in a variety of settings set out to form a network of consumer health information providers. Their purpose was to explore this area of health information in addition to the rising need for wellness centres both within hospital and community settings.

Over the past several years this group has actively met on a regular basis to share resources, ideas and work towards a common goal of improving our communities through the education and empowerment of all individuals in Canadian society seeking health information for their personal health and the health of those they care for. This has been done through benchmarking with other organizations, networking through listservs, examining best practices in CHI, and by sharing evaluations tools and marketing strategies.

In 2000 the group formally structured itself as the Consumer Health Information Providers Interest Group (CHIPIG). In 2001, CHIPIG participated in hosting a conference focusing on pediatric family resource centres, held at The Hospital for Sick Children, in collaboration with Hamilton Health Sciences Centre. As part of this three day conference, one day was designated solely to consumer health information and the Canadian experience. Significant networking opportunities with experts in the field of consumer health ensued.

In 2005, CHIPIG became an affiliate of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Canada's professional organization for health librarians and now has members outside of the GTA. Since then, CHIPIG has presented a poster at the annual CHLA conference.


Last modified: 21-Mar-2013

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