Christie Silbajoris, MSLS, AHIP: Consumer Health & Patient Education Librarian
Christie is the director of NC Health Info, a collection of easy-to-use health information and local health services web sites for all North Carolinians. NC Health Info is available in English and Spanish and is a service of the Health Sciences Library.
Christie's interest in health literacy began in the 1970's when there was little understandable health information available to the public. Now that there is an abundance of health information written for consumers, the problem has shifted from one of supply to one of quality. Christie works to help the public understand how to evaluate and choose good health information for themselves and their families.
Christie also provides liaison services to the Patient Education Committee and the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Department at UNC Health Care. Quality patient education and patient safety information and resources contribute to the goal of improving patients' health behaviors, health status or both.
Christie teaches classes on consumer health topics at area public libraries and at other organizations, locally and statewide. She is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, the Medical Library Association, and CAPHIS, the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of MLA.
Consumer access to health information, e-health and e-patients, health literacy, physician-patient communication, patient education, patient safety, and online health information.
BS, Bowling Green State University
MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Selected Publications & Presentations
Silbajoris, C., Rogers, T., McDuffee, D., Improving Health Information Access through Public Library Partnership. Paper delivered at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 2013.
Crowell, K., Renner, B., Ladd, R., Richardson, L., Silbajoris, C., and Handler, L. (2013) Listening to YOUR HEALTH:Librarians and Physicians Collaborating on the Radio and Online. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 13(3), 258-269.
Silbajoris, C. (2011) Behavioral Health Resources for North Carolina Military Personnel and their Families. North Carolina Medical Journal. 72(1), 61-65.
Silbajoris, C. and McDuffee, D. (2011) Location Matters: The Go Local Developers' Perspective. Journal of Consumer Health On the Internet. 15(3), 246-255.
Li, J., Quinn, J., Rico, C., Noguera, A., Silbajoris, C., Brown, J., McDuffee, D. (2010) Developing a Health Care Intermediary-Delivered Intervention to Promote an Online Health Information Resource: Results from Formative Research. Journal of Consumer Health On the Internet. 14(4), 369-381.
Schell, M.B., Curtis, J., Hayes, B. and Silbajoris, C. “Rethinking How We Work: Fast-tracking our Library’s Involvement in the University’s CTSA Infrastructure.” Paper delivered at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 2010.
Silbajoris, C. and McDuffee, D. “Go Local and CSSP Partnership for Military Families.” Paper delivered at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 19, 2008.
McDuffee, D. and Silbajoris, C. “Health Sciences and Public Libraries Collaborations.” Annual Meeting of the Librarians at UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, March 10, 2008.
Silbajoris, C., McDuffee, D., Olney, C. (2007) Creating the First MedlinePlus "Go Local" Service: Lessons and Recommendations from the Evaluation of NC Health Info. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 26(2), 75-86.
Hilligoss, B. and Silbajoris, C. (2004) MedlinePlus Goes Local in NC: the Development and Implementation of NC Health Info. Journal of Consumer Health Information on the Internet, 8(4), 9-26.