Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 2016 MLA webinars.
Please support the webinar in your area!
Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., CT
- IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago
- IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis
- IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City
- IA: UnityPoint Health, Health Sciences Library, Des Moines
- KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville
- MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit
- OH: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron
- WI: Gundersen Health System, Health Sciences Library, La Crosse
- WI: Mercy Medical Center Affinity Health System, Clark Family Health Science Library, Oshkosh
- WI: Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care Library, Waukesha
Thank you for making this resource available to your communities.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
The GMR will sponsor the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this MLA Webinar.
- Webinar: The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
- Date/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time
- Application Process: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mla-webinar
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Noon
Register your site today!
A limited number of sites can be sponsored; please work with your state and local health science librarian groups to identify centralized locations. For more information the webinar, visit: The Consumer Health Library
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
The focus of this post is on fair use.
Other news…IOM is holding a workshop on health literacy and precision medicine. NPR covers the high cost of journals. SAMSHA provides data about mental health and substance abuse issues. (more…)
Monday, February 15th, 2016
In the news
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Thursday, January 28th, 2016
It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States. National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/01/26/zika-virus-an-emerging-health-threat/.
This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:
Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.
Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:
This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:
- Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
- Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
- Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
- Social media resources for situational awareness
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.
Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beam: http://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.
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!
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: email@example.com.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
by Carmen Howard
Visiting Assistant Regional Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria
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!
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/