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Health Information Translations: Preparing for Disasters

Monday, August 9th, 2010

For those of you working with non-English speakers or preparing to do so, take a look at the Disaster Preparedness translations located on Health Information Translations ( in multiple languages. Included are hospital signage documents “to meet the needs of hospitals, clinics, emergency response teams and others who assist the public during emergencies and at other times.” From the website:, the information is:

  • Easy to read
  • Translated into different languages with English (dual language)
  • Available free without copyright restrictions


There’s an app for NLM REMM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is now available as a free iPhone/iPod touch app:

You can download it from iTunes, or search for radiation emergency at the iTunes Store:

Mobile REMM can also be downloaded to other mobile platforms (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, & Palm).

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:

  • Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
  • Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
  • Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

That’s all Nepali to me

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Judith Weinstein, MA, MPH
Associate Director
Heartland Alliance Refugee Health Programs
(part of Heartland Health Outreach)
Chicago, IL

The health messages are simple: dress warmly when it’s cold; don’t forget to floss; look left, then right—then left again!–before crossing a street. But the challenge of reaching newly arrived refugees with this basic information is great. Our work in refugee health education is complicated by refugees’ limited English skills, often low literacy levels, the number of different languages spoken, as well as their cultural and ethnic diversity.

Expanding Multi-lingual Health Information for Immigrants and Refugees, made possible with an Outreach Express award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, allowed us to translate the scripts of five slide presentations on basic health topics in to four key refugee languages, to be recorded by native speakers. Eventually, these multi-media, multi-lingual presentations will be available online for free access and downloading by health promoters and immigrants and refugees themselves. (more…)

Public Health Email List Formed

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Greetings to all in our region focusing on information and health services to the Public Health community.  The GMR has created an email discussion list to help connect those who are working in this specialized field of librarianship.  Join us at:


Wyoming Symposium for Health Information Professionals

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The NN/LM Midcontinental Region has scheduled a Symposium for July 15, 16, & 17 in Laramie, Wyoming, at the Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus. In keeping with the slogan Plowing Through Pandemonium: Proactive Librarians the NN/LM staff and others will be presenting topics on emergency preparedness. Joe Moore, Director of Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, will be the special speaker at this event. Librarians and representatives of community-based organizations will also be brainstorming how to partner for emergencies.

For more information and registration please visit the webpage: or contact Jim Honour jhonour at

New LibGuide at the Hardin Library

Monday, May 4th, 2009

GMR Blue Christopher Childs
Education & Outreach Librarian
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

New Influenza A (H1N1) also known as the Swine Flu Resource Guide Available from the Hardin Library

A new resource guide containing information on Influenza A (H1N1) has been created and is available from the Hardin Library.  All of the information contained in this guide is free and available to the public.  The guide includes: national & international resources, maps, blogs, an RSS and Twitter feed, Iowa resources, articles, and consumer health resources available in English, Spanish and multiple Languages.

The URL for this guide is Please feel free to link this guide to your institution’s website.