Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine News’ Category
The National Library of Medicine has made it easier to find existing web-based training materials on its resources. The Learning Resources Database has webinars, short videos, tutorials, brochures and other materials that can be downloaded and used freely. Users can find materials by subject or product, such as:
- Disasters and Emergencies
- K-12 Education
- Public Health
- Consumer Health
The Database was launched two weeks ago, so not all categories have current materials attached. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis.
Learning Resources Database: https://learn.nlm.nih.gov/
Additional information about the Database: http://1.usa.gov/1RkQSwR
On April 25th, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a redesigned Genetics Home Reference web site, http://1.usa.gov/23vNuX2. Some of the changes and new features include
- A redesigned home page for enhanced usability
- Colors and icons that help distinguish the Web site’s different content areas
- In-text links that improve navigation between related topics on Genetics Home Reference
- Educational images from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources integrated into health condition summaries
- Improved browser printing
- Improved usability on mobile devices (mobile-responsive design)
Adapted from NLM News & Events, http://1.usa.gov/1TMSIuN
One of the feature stories in the Spring 2016 issue of MedlinePlus Magazine concerns women and heart disease. See what Ta’Rhonda Jones, star of Fox TV’s Empire, has to say about her personal experience with a heart condition and her message to women. http://1.usa.gov/1XX6w6Z
Originally posted by Michelle Burda on April 28.
On April 4, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy” http://bit.ly/1Vk2TKt. One of the paper’s conclusions argues that a more “practical consensus on a definition of health literacy” will improve the ability to compare research and data sets and potentially improve health.
On April 13, the National Library of Medicine’s NLM in Focus, http://1.usa.gov/1SZBtU4, shared some of these definition difficulties as well as one of the most comprehensive definitions to date. In addition, the blog post includes numerous links to health literacy resources and research.
It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:
HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.
MedlinePlus has published a new health topic page on chikungunya virus.
“Chikungunya is a virus that spread by the same kinds of mosquitoes that spread dengue and Zika virus. Rarely, it can spread from mother to newborn around the time of birth. It may also possibly spread through infected blood. There have been outbreaks of chikungunya virus in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”
Chikungunya (English): http://1.usa.gov/1PQFtUD
Chikungunya (Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/1TwHj45
On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations.
Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NN/LM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health information throughout the United States. The Network is vital in NLM’s outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s many Web-based information services, coordinate basic Network services such as interlibrary loan, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.
NLM Awards 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements: http://1.usa.gov/1pQWngX
Adapted from SIS NLM, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ92x7
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
- Information retrieval;
- Skills development;
- Resource development and dissemination; and/or
- Equipment Acquisition.
Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
- Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
- Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
- Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
- Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
- Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.
Awards are offered for up to $50,000.
Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.
The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, http://1.usa.gov/21PneGd
Lunch with the RML Webinar, March 29, 2016 / noon – 1:00 pm ET
Host: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), http://1.usa.gov/1MwbNS7
Description: NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your website. You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your website’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how!
Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine
For more information about NIH Syndicated Content, check out these resources:
- “Does content syndication work?” by Christen Geiler on DigitalGov, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ8B5K
- Free Web Content from NIH, http://1.usa.gov/22UJzVd
- HHS Syndication Storefront, http://1.usa.gov/1RwulP5