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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

Sharing Medline Plus Resources with Nutrition Educators

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University

An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.

Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.

Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!

New Resources at the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library has added to and updated our Resource Lists. You can direct your patrons to materials for completing their coursework, article publication, presentations, grant writing, or to learn more about the disease. Check out the Jumpstarters for immediate, free, full-text articles in 13 areas of Alzheimer’s study for students, faculty, and library patrons. Note the updated Resource Lists, Popular Searches and Incredibly Useful Websites, plus our Favorite Links (http://www.alz.org/library/links.asp). View the new Pinterest tool at Social Media Tools: 11 boards you can follow, pin, and share – compiled by the Green-Field Library. Through the online catalog, your patrons can search the collection, view videos for free, and access a list of our journals. Through their local chapters and you, they can borrow from us. We thank all the librarians who chat so deftly and access our policies in QuestionPoint. You can link to us on your website or social media pages: http://www.alz.org/library/.

The Alzheimer’s Association houses a collection of 5,000 books and videos at the national headquarters in Chicago as well as maintains a web page called the Virtual Library, a project funded in part through a technology award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in 2009.

For more information or to ask a question about Alzheimer’s, email: greenfield@alz.org.

Out and About in Peoria

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria

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Exhibiting at the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s Annual Seniors on the Go Health Fair was an excellent opportunity for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria to connect with the community and share information. The Health Fair is open to all seniors (55 years+). The Health Fair included health screenings, massages, lectures, live accordion music, and breakfast – all at no cost to the attendees! This year the Health Fair drew more than three hundred and fifty people. Well over one hundred and fifty of these people stopped by the Library’s booth to learn about MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and the services of the Library. It was very rewarding to introduce people to MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Several attendees acknowledged knowing that they needed to be careful when searching online for medical information but admitted that they were not sure where to go or how to know who to trust. Others were happy to know that they could come in or call the library for help.

You can read more about the event in this article from the Peoria Journal Star (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140319/NEWS/140318718). When you read the article, be sure to check out the booth in the background with the red tablecloth – that’s us!

The ACA Count Down

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Health Information Marketplace, formerly referred to as the “Health Insurance Exchange”, begins October 1, 2013. But did you know that you and your patrons can start collecting information now? According to the HealthCare.gov Marketplace Application Checklist, the following items will be needed for those planning to apply for coverage:

  • Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • Employee and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2
    forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering
    members of your household
  • A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.

You can see the checklist as well as the complete Employer Coverage online at the following URL: https://www.healthcare.gov/downloads/MarketplaceApp_Checklist_Generic.pdf

To find out more about the Marketplace, see https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/. Librarians and other professionals can find marketplace outreach information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) site: http://marketplace.cms.gov/

Encouraging Kids to Consider a Future in the Health Sciences

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

By Carmen Howard
Visiting Asst. Regional Librarian
UIC Library of the Health Sciences at Peoria

Peoria Academy of Science bookletThe University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library of the Health Sciences in Peoria has a long history of outreach to local youth. So when we were asked to participate in this year’s Peoria Academy of Science’s Treasure Hunt, we immediately said yes!

The Science Treasure Hunt is a summer program with the goal of encouraging students to explore science and technology while learning more about careers in the sciences. The program is open to 1st through 8th grade students who are eligible to win prizes if they attend at least eight of the Science Sites. The Library and the College of Medicine are pleased to be one of the 21 Science Sites featured this year and the only health sciences site.

Each site designs its own fun treasure hunt experience with 3-5 questions to answer. Activities range from a hosted tour by the Air National Guard to a completely self-directed experience at the Giant Oak Park (home to a 300-year-old tree). Working with the College of Medicine, the Library designed its Science Site to highlight the Peoria campus and to provide a short lesson on the circulatory system. Our site asks kids to follow a set of instructions to find answers to four questions. The experience includes finding a book in the stacks, reading about early experiments with frogs, watching a short online cartoon, and more.

This year’s program has just begun and runs until September. We hope to report back at the end of the summer on the success of our first treasure hunt!

Genetics Home Reference Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the Genetics Home Reference (GHR) Web site on April 25, 2003 as a new consumer health information resource focused on human genetics. The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome.

For more information, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma13/ma13_ghr.html

Connect with Information Connections

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Marionjoy Information Connections logo

By Nalini Mahajan
Director, Medical Library
Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Information Connections is a website for parents of children with developmental disabilities and chronic diseases with a special focus on Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The informative website was developed and launched by the Marianjoy Medical Library with funding from the National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) and is sponsored by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. It is accessible to anyone from anywhere and it is free.

Since its initial launch in April 2011, InformationConnections.org has helped thousands of families seeking help on these topics. Website usage and feedback in our first year has been exceptional.

We would love to promote our Web site to everyone who could benefit from this wonderful resource and would appreciate any help from you. Please spread the word around; like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, feel free to blog about us, and place a link to us on your website. Our goal is to have 500 friends by the end of 2012. Once we reach the magic number of 500 friends, 3 winners be selected randomly and each will receive a $25.00 gift certificate.

Grand Forks Women’s Show Exhibit

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

By Sandi L. Bates MLIS
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota’s Library of the Health Sciences exhibited at the Grand Forks Women’s Show Oct. 1, providing an opportunity to share NN/LM resources with more than 1,900 people.

For the second year we shared the booth with Dr. Edward Sauter’s research team. Dr. Sauter is professor of surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and does extensive breast cancer research and education. The exhibit provided both an outlet to discuss health topics with consumers and a place for women to actively participate in the research. We will be able to continue to participate in the translational research platform being built by the University of North Dakota through efforts like this exhibit.

We were able to make contacts with healthcare professionals who were interested in consumer health resources. A local senior center encouraged us to drop brochures and MedlinePlus magazines off for their clientele. Our supply of printed materials for MedlinePlus and Household Products were depleted by the end of the day.

HHS Announces the Winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards

Monday, July 25th, 2011

HHS has announced winners of an awards program “that highlights innovative health promotion projects that have demostrated a significant impact on the health of the community within the past three years…”

Nominated organizations had to have an innovative project in at least one of three health promotion areas: healthy weight, physical activity, and nutrition. Awards were granted based on the criteria of creativity and innovation, leadership, sustainability, replicability, and results/outcomes. Some of the winners are in our region:

  • Public Sector: Exercise Your Right to Feel Better Minnesota—St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Healthy Workplace (Large employer): Shape up and Go!—Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Faith-Based and/or Community Initiatives: Taking the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to Scale—YMCA of the USA, (Chicago, Ill.)

The press release can be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/07/20110715a.html and more information including a video by Secretary Sebelius, http://healthylivinginnovation.challenge.gov/

Congratulations to the winners!

GMR Update for July 2011 now online

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The GMR Update for July 2011 is now available online at the following URL:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html

Check the contract updates, new communication technologies and information about upcoming exhibits and training opportunities.

Happy summer!