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Easy Tips to Manage Your Children’s Health

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Keeping your kids healthy is one of your top priorities as a parent, but it’s not always an easy task. Between staying on top of their normal checkups and trying to get them to wash their hands before dinner, there are a lot of things that could slip through the cracks. Use these tips from USA.gov to make managing your kids’ health a little easier.

Stay up-to-date with your children’s immunizations and developmental milestones with an easy tracking chart you can download for free from Publications.USA.gov. It reminds you of all the necessary immunizations from infancy through age six. It also highlights developmental milestones—like recognizing a caregiver’s voice and learning to talk—that you can monitor as your children grow up.

If you’re struggling to pay for health insurance for your kids, they may be eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP offers free or low-cost medical coverage for kids up to 19 years old. Coverage for eligible children includes checkups, hospital visits, dental coverage, immunizations and more. Find out if they’re eligible at InsureKidsNow.gov/chip.

Sometimes your kids don’t want to listen to mom or dad, but you want them to get information from a trusted source. Point them to the health resources on Kids.gov, where they can learn about everything from keeping their eyes safe to understanding germs and where they can play fun games that drive home the importance of brushing their teeth or getting their shots.

Find more free guides on managing your children’s health from infant to teen at Publications.USA.gov.

Health Library Return on Investment Study

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

*Health library study indicates $9 return for every dollar invested*

A study released today suggests that hospitals, government departments, associations and other organisations involved in healthcare gain a $9 return for every dollar they invest in health libraries.

Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association) commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these services to their organisations.

The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Patient and medical staff numbers and hospital expenditure are increasing, while health library budgets, space and staffing levels are decreasing. HLInc chair Jane Edwards and ALIA HLA convener Ann Ritchie said, ‘The investment in library and information services is small in the scheme of things – just 0.1% of recurrent expenditure in Australian hospitals. The report suggests that a modest increase in spending would allow for significant incremental benefits.’

The indicative finding of $9 for every $1 invested is likely to be even higher. SGS assessed the benefits provided directly to health library users, including time saved and value of ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses  such as journal subscriptions. However, the user focus of the study omitted the return on investment in terms of patient care, and SGS said ‘it is highly likely that the benefits of industry libraries outweigh their costs considerably’.

This economic value assessment supports the findings of the ALIA/HLInc /Questions of Life and Death, an investigation into the value of health library and information services /report, published last year. Library//and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them – 83% said it had helped them improve health outcomes for their patients and 76%//said it had changed their thinking and improved their diagnosis or treatment plan.

The full report “Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia” with supporting materials can be found here http://www.alia.org.au/news/2124/australian-health-libraries-return-investment.

Webinar: Impact of Air Pollution on Children’s Health

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

WEBINAR: Impact of Air Pollution on Children’s Health

Presented by The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the Virginia Healthy Air Coalition, a program of the American Lung Association

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans, recognizing that outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.

How does air pollution impact children’s health? How are children’s lungs different from adults, and how does this influence their susceptibility to the adverse health effects of air pollution? Learn the major types and sources of air pollution and the health outcomes associated with each, as well as how to control and prevent sources of air pollution.

Health professionals and community organizations play a crucial role in addressing air pollution: they can use their experience and expertise to advocate for strong clean air laws. Learn what federal protections are currently in place under the Clean Air Act, how current and future legislation would change them, and how to get involved in the discussion to improve children’s health.

Date: December 4th, 2013

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Cost: FREE

Who should participate? Public health professionals, environmental health professionals, clinicians, nurses, community organizations, health care professional organizations, child health advocates, and government agencies.

Speakers: Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health

The George Washington University
Medical Director for National & Global Affairs
Child Health Advocacy Institute
Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment

Children’s National Medical Center
Laura Kate Anderson Bender
Coordinator, Virginia Healthy Air Coalition
American Lung Association

In her role with the American Lung Association, Laura Kate Bender has built a coalition of public health and healthcare professionals across Virginia to advocate for clean air protections. The Healthy Air Campaign’s goals are to raise the profile of air pollution as a public health issue and to influence Virginia’s members of Congress in the national clean air debate. Previously, Laura Kate worked to further environmental protections in Virginia with the advocacy group Environment America. She studied at American University in Washington, DC.

To Join the Meeting:

1. Go to:  https://childrensnational.webex.com/childrensnational/onstage/g.php?d=669925740&t=a

2. Click “JOIN”.

Phone Option A: To have WebEx call you, select the “Call me at a new number” option and enter your telephone number.

Phone Option B: To manually dial into the meeting, select the “I will call in” option and follow the instructions listed, making sure to enter in the Meeting Number and your personalized attendee number.

1. Call conference number

Meeting Dial in Number:

US Toll Free 1-877-668-4493

2. Enter the meeting number/access code: 669 925 740

What is the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE)?

The Mid-Atlantic Center is the PEHSU for Federal Region III; serving all those who live and work in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.  We are located out of Children’s National Medical Center and affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We work with a variety of partners, including health care professional organizations, non-profits, community-based organizations and medical centers.  Since 2006, we have conducted over 400 trainings with over 25,000 in attendance. Learn more at: www.childrensnational.org/macche.

MIS/MLA Career Development Grant Announcement

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Looking for support for a career development activity?

Consider applying for the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant!

The Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant provides one individual up to $1500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to advancement in the field of medical informatics. Application deadline is December 1, 2013. The full grant application, including eligibility requirements, is available at:  http://www.mlanet.org/awards/grants.

For additional information, contact Michael Newman, Jury Chair, at mnewman@stanford.edu.

Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm ET


Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Harvey Ball, CDR, USPHS, Senior Public Health Advisor at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Response, will lead a set of presentations by his staff on the Division’s resources and how they can be utilized to help individuals with access and functional needs during public health emergencies.

Instructions to Join Conference Call/Webinar

A conference call for those interested in the Disaster Information Specialist Program is held on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 ET. The monthly calls are open to all and can be attended in person in our offices, online through Adobe Connect, or by telephone. To receive announcements about the conference calls please join our DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv.

Log into the Adobe Connect session at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

NCI Policy on Trial Publication – Issued for Public Comment

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

NCI issued on Monday a request for information on a draft policy that would require publication of summary results for all NCI-funded clinical trials (interventional studies, not observational), intramural and extramural, regardless of phase, in either a scientific journal or a databank like CT.gov.  Results are expected within 12 months of the “primary completion date,” which is defined consistent with FDAAA.

See: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-14-005.html

10 Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Apply Now

To Prepare a Commissioned Paper

Identifying Measures of the 10 Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization

The IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has allocated $10,000 for a commissioned paper that identifies measures for each of the 10 attributes of a health literate health care organization. The goal is to obtain a set of measures that support quality improvement, reporting, transparency, and management.

Background

While health literacy is often defined as an individual trait, there is growing appreciation that health literacy is a product of the interaction between individuals’ capacities and the health literacy-related demands and complexities of the health care system. Addressing health literacy is necessary to deliver patient-centered, high-quality health care and public health services. Measurement can drive improvement in health literacy, thereby improving health care.

A health literate health care organization makes it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health (Brach et al, 2012). In early 2012, members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy Collaborative on Implementation published a discussion paper that focused on the attributes of a health literate health care organization.  That paper detailed 10 attributes of such an organization.  Those 10 attributes are:

  1. Has leadership that makes health literacy integral to its mission, structure, and
    operations.
  2. Integrates health literacy into planning, evaluation measures, patient safety, and quality improvement.
  3. Prepares the workforce to be health literate and monitors progress.
  4. Includes populations served in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health information and services.
  5. Meets the needs of populations with a range of health literacy skills while avoiding stigmatization.
  6. Uses health literacy strategies in interpersonal communications and confirms understanding at all points of contact.
  7. Provides easy access to health information and services and navigation assistance.
  8. Designs and distributes print, audiovisual, and social media content that is easy to understand and act on.
  9. Addresses health literacy in high-risk situations, including care transitions and communications about medicines.
  10. Communicates clearly what health plans cover and what individuals will have to pay for services.

Statement of Task

The paper should identify measures for each of the 10 attributes of a health literate health care organization.  It is not anticipated that the list of measures be exhaustive, rather the measures need to be examples of measures that can evolve in a process of continuing performance improvement. The paper should build on previous work in organizational health literacy measurement (e.g., Dewalt and McNeil, 2013; Weaver et al, 2012; Groene and Rudd, 2011), as well as take advantage of measurement innovation in organizations striving to be health literate.

For each measure identified, the paper should:

  • Discuss the relationship of the measure to the characteristics of a good measure. [Lists of such characteristics have been developed by several organizations including the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), the National Quality forum (NQF), the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the Joint Commission.]
  • Discuss the extent to which each measure can be used for
    • Quality improvement
    • Reporting
    • Accountability
    • Research
    • Management
  • Discuss at what level of the system each measure might be useful, for example, at an individual institutional level, at a system level, or at the national level.
  • Describe use of the identified measures, if any, by health care organizations, quality improvement collaboratives, or others.

To the extent possible, describe what kind of global measure could be used to provide an overall assessment of implementation of all attributes.

Application

Individuals interested in writing the paper should submit 1-2 pages by November 20, 2013 to Lyla M. Hernandez at Lhernandez@nas.edu describing:

  • Why they are interested?
  • What process (including research methods) they would use to prepare the paper?
  • What training, experience, and expertise they have that demonstrate ability to complete the task.

The Attribute Measurement Planning Committee will review submissions. Prior to making its selection the committee may choose to engage in a discussion with potential authors via telephone.

Timeline

  • Author will be selected and paper will be commissioned by December 15, 2013
  • The author will submit a draft paper by March 8, 2014
  • The draft paper will be circulated to selected individuals/organizations for comment. Comments will be provided to the author by April 8, 2014
A revised paper will be submitted by June, 8 2014.  It is not required that all comments be accepted and incorporated into the paper.

Job Ad: Multiple Positions, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Colleagues – NLM has two GS 14 (salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum) openings posted today on USAJobs.  Please see links below for both positions and pass on to interested contacts.  Both vacancies are posted for five days; this is our standard practice.

We are seeking candidates for Head, Collection Access Section and Head, Preservation Section.  Visit: Careers @ NLM to discover more information about our mission, our dynamic team and what it is like to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Please contact Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division at 301.496.5501 or fishelm@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions regarding either opening.

The Head of the Collection Access Section is responsible for:

  • Managing NLM’s offsite document delivery operations including all associated contract activity;
  • Managing NLM Onsite document delivery services to patrons in the main Reading Room, including oversight of contract activity to support patron copying and printing;
  • Overseeing the development of DOCLINE, NLM’s automated request routing and order referral system for medical libraries;
  • Managing an automated document request monitoring and delivery system for NLM’s interlibrary loan activity (Relais);
  • Managing customer services operations for referred inquiries regarding DOCLINE, interlibrary loan and onsite collection access services; and
  • Assisting in testing new NLM products and services that affect circulation, bibliographic searching, interlibrary loan and document delivery.

See Announcement:  NIH-NLM-DE-14-987316 (Head, Collection Access Section)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354635400

The Head of the Preservation and Collection Management Section is responsible for preserving and managing NLM’s collections including:

  • Binding and book repair;
  • Shelving and shifting collections;
  • Space planning for collections;
  • Disaster prevention and response;
  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Audiovisual duplication;
  • Collection digitization and digital preservation; and
  • Staff training in careful handling of library materials

See Announcement:  NIH-NLM-DE-14-989579 (Head, Preservation and Collection Management Section)

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354691800

Job Ad: Supervisory Librarian, Washington, DC

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Below you will find the results of your saved search 1410 Librarian; 1412 Tech Info Serv. Please note this message contains only up to the first 10 results from this saved search. Please click View All Opportunities to view the complete list of results on the USAJOBS web site.

Supervisory Librarian

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancies – Washington DC, District of Columbia
Salary: $89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Series and Grade: GS-1410-13
Open Period: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Position Information: Permanent – Full-Time
Who May Apply: United States Citizens