Heal WA (www.heal-wa.org)
Prepared by Stacey Trogdon, RD, CDE
What is HEAL-WA?
HEAL-WA, located at heal-wa.org, is the evidence-based health sciences information portal developed by the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries in response to Senate Bill 5930, which was signed into law in May 2007.
A bill adding six new professions to HEAL-WA eligibility was passed during the 2013 Legislative Session and was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on May 15, 2013. The new professions that were eligible, starting January 1, 2014 included Certified Dietitians and Certified Nutritionists.
The HEAL-WA site provides access to evidence-based information for practitioners across Washington State, particularly those who do not currently have access to resources through the services of a health sciences library. As of November 20, 2013, more than 20,000 licensed healthcare providers in Washington were registered HEALWA users. This represents almost 14% (20,632) of total eligible users.
What is the cost?
Fees are included in Washington State Department of Health annual renewals for Certified Dietitians and Certified Nutritionists. The assessed fee is $16.
How do I get access to HEAL-WA?
The site is available at www.heal-wa.org.
You must create a user id and password to access the licensed resources (those indicated by a lock) on HEAL-WA. To set up your user id, follow the “Getting Started” link (about midway down the home page) to set up your user account, or, you can go directly to the Getting Started page at www.heal-wa.org/resources/getting-started and follow the directions there.
Please note, you will need your WA DOH credential number to set up your user id. Once your user id is set up you will be able to use any of the resources contained in HEAL-WA.
Notable Dietetics Related Licensed Resources Available through HEAL-WA
Nutrition Care Manual
An internet-based therapeutic diet manual and professional practice manual that includes tools and calculators for diseases and conditions.
Complete with full text The premier National Library of Medicine bibliographic database, providing access to citations from biomedical literature; some full text available.
High-quality, evidence-based information on dietary supplements, functional foods, diets, complementary practices (modalities), exercises, and medical conditions.
For more information or if you have questions - or if you district or group would like a presentation to learn more, contact the Assistant Director for Heal-WA, Gail Kouame via email or via phone at 206-221-2452.