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My Experience at the 2015 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

HLposterBy Pa Thao
Health Programs Manager
Hmong American Center
Wausau, Wisconsin

First of all, many thanks goes to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/ Greater Midwest Region (NNLM/GMR) for providing the Professional Development Award. With this award I was able to attend the WI Health Literacy Summit on April 14 – 15, 2015 as an attendee and a poster presenter to present our work. The overall experience was very rewarding. Conferences like this are good for networking (meeting new professionals and also those whom you already know). And conferences like this are also good for getting new ideas and understanding what is becoming ‘hot’ on your topic. Sometimes it’s also good for confirming things that you already know. Take for example, I attended the “Understanding Adults as Learners: Implications for Fostering Health Literacy” workshop and data from the workshop also supported what we’ve learned from very own project. The data said, “people are more likely to listen to the people they put the most credibility on”. Therefore understanding where people obtain information that is most credible to them can inform planning and development of any health-related programs. In another workshop, the data that was provided also confirmed our findings that “the lower the literacy level, the more likely the person will have poor health”.

Not only was it rewarding to attend workshops, but having an opportunity to present my work was also a very rewarding experience. What really gets me excited about poster presentations is that I get to share my knowledge with other professionals who are just as excited about health literacy as I am. This was my first poster presentation ever, so I can say that it wasn’t as scary as I thought. Presenting a poster is not nearly as nerve-wracking as an oral presentation. Most interactions are with a few people at a time and it’s more conversational in style than when you are standing before a group presenting.

This event was definitely a great experience for me. I saw several different ways in which researchers can organize and present their research. There were many interesting presentations of work and research going on about health literacy. And of course, I benefited from learning how to present my poster and handle sometimes-difficult questions and make connections with future potential project partners.

Technology Improvement Award Improves Patient Care

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Rachel Sindelar
Health Sciences Librarian
Broadlawns Medical Center Library, Des Moines, IA

I manage the library at a county medical center serving 70% or more low income patients, many with low literacy levels and do not speak English. Wait times for overextended hospital translators is a challenge and so is the lack of mobile technology, plus many hospital rooms do not have computers. The hospital’s Clinical Educator had recognized a disconnect between a patient’s bedside need and access to quality health education materials appropriate for patient reading abilities and native language so I was determined to help. I began promoting library subscription and free foreign language and low literacy level patient education materials to the clinical staff. My efforts were bolstered when our institution became a lucky recipient of a 2014/2015 GMR Technology Improvement Award. (more…)

The Annual Conference of HSLI, November 13-14, 2014

Monday, September 29th, 2014

By Deborah Rhue
Medical Librarian
OSF St. Francis
Peoria, IL

The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place November 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois (http://hsli.org/conference/index.shtml). The theme of this year’s conference is Communicate/Advocate.

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates. Mary is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry. She has a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado. (more…)

Native Voices in Southern Illinois

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

By Fran E. Kovach MLIS AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

NativeAmericansSpeak 007Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library planned to exhibit at three central Illinois pow wows beginning with the 8th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow in Taylorville, Illinois, the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak event at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, and the 20th Annual Bison Grounds Blessing and Pow Wow at Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois. Unfortunately, due to flooding near Taylorville, the Black Horse Pow Wow was not attended this year, although we have been invited to the 9th Annual Intertribal Black Horse Pow Wow.WPP2014

The 4 Directions Healing Foundation, based out of Chillicothe, Illinois, is a Native American charitable and educational 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization primarily of American Indian people with diverse tribal backgrounds that sponsored the 3th Annual Native Americans Speak on Aug. 24. A marker to honor Potawatomi Chief Gomo at Shore Acres Park was dedicated by the French Heritage Corridor, Illinois State Historical Society, and Dickson Mounds Museum. Traditional Native storytelling, drum/dance demonstrations, and hands-on Pimiteoui cultural activities followed the dedication ceremony.

NativeAmericansSpeak 002Native Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness, a free iPad app from the National Library of Medicine was shared on an iPad 3. American Indian Health Information, MedlinePlus consumer health information, and NIH Senior Health pamphlets, bookmarks, and pens were distributed from our exhibit booth.

Seven Circles Heritage Center sponsored a blessing ceremony for the bison with their co-sponsor Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois, on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10am. Two days of native American dancing drumming and singing followed the ceremony. The link below provides more details about the Pow Wow. http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/event/pow-wow/ Pottery and doll making skills were among the traditional activities displayed at this event. Staff from the Wildlife Prairie Park gave talks about some of the wild residents living at the park such as the bison, elk, wolves, and a bald eagle.

April 16th MLA Webcast – GMR Sponsored Sites

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Congratulations to the following sites that the GMR is sponsoring for the April 16th webcast: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication. Please support the webcast in your area.

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago (Emily Johnson)
IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria (http://1.usa.gov/1ixdfBg)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis (http://bit.ly/OWdRG3)
IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary (Corona Wiley)
IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines (Natalie Hutchinson)
IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City (http://bit.ly/1dnTInF)
KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington (Susan Foster-Harper)
KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville (Vida Vaughn)
MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids (Mary Hanson)
MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit (Wendy Wu or Toni Janik)
MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis (Anne Beschnett)
ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo (Mary Markland)
ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (Theresa Norton)
OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland (Gretchen Hallerberg)
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus (Lynda Hartel)
SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls (Molly Youngkin)
WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee (Karen Hanus)
WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison (http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/mla/2014/) (more…)

Michael E DeBakey Award Nominations due February 21

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for outstanding service to rural or underserved communities was established by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey and to honor a practicing health sciences librarian who serves such a community. The deadline for nominations is February 21. Please submit nominations by email to Ronica Lu  (ronica.lu at fnlm.org) or via fax to 301.657.1296.

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Health care is undergoing a virtual information revolution, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which permits reimbursement incentives for eligible professionals and hospitals that meet criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The current focus on the Affordable Care Act has taken away some of the thunder from MedlinePlus Connect,  a free service that supports health professionals’ ability to provide health information to their patients. See how MedlinePlus Connect may be valuable to you and your organization.

“Meaningful use” is defined, in part, as using EHRs to improve and demonstrate the quality of care, such as e-prescribing, electronic exchange of health information, and submission of quality measures to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [http://www.himss.org/meaningfuluse?navItemNumber=13303]. CMS has set standards to meaningful use that are to be met in stages. Organizations are currently working on Stage 1 implementation; Stage 2 implementation starts in 2014 [http://www.amednews.com/article/20121022/business/310229969/5/]. (more…)

New Exhibit Documents HIV/AIDS Crisis

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The UIC Library of the Health Sciences invites visitors to view the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture from October 7 through November 16, 2013. The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the building and may be viewed during open hours. The library is located at 1750 W Polk, Chicago, IL 60612.

Professor Jennifer Brier, curator of the exhibit and a member of the faculties of the UIC Gender and Women’s’ Studies and History Departments will speak about the social and political history of the HIV/AIDS crisis on Monday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the reading room of the Library of Health Sciences Special Collections Department (Room 320).

An online version of the exhibit which includes numerous images and links to educational resources is available: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/survivingandthriving/.

Please RSVP to Kevin O’Brien to attend the October 21 event: kevinm@uic.edu

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!

Summer Fun, ding!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Although Chicago has been experiencing rather autumnal-like weather these last few weeks, the calendar confirms that it is officially meteorological summer. And in summer, we know that one of the first thoughts on Network minds is summer fun-ding!

Before you jump to the conclusion that this post is about some airline announcing discounted fares, take a look at the opportunities that sprouted up on the GMR’s Current Funding Opportunities page, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/, where we have information about current award-level funding. The Submission Deadline for these awards is Thursday, July 3, 11, 2013*. Announced are Community Preparedness Awards (Up to $2,000); Outreach Express Awards (Up to $4,500); Planning and Assessment Awards (Up to $2,500); and Technology Improvement Awards (Up to $4,500). Take a look at each award CFA for specifics on the award.

If you have any questions about these awards or any other GMR resources or services, send an email to GMR4U (at) uic.edu or your GMR State Contact, http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/staff.html. Call us toll-free within Region at 1-800-338-7657, press one (1) for your RML.

*NB: The Submission Deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 11, 2013

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