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MedlinePlus Redesign: Webinar May 13

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

On April 28th, 2015 MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel. The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the NLM announcement page for more details.

NN/LM MAR would like to invite you to a special webinar to review the redesigned site on May 13th, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST. Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator (NN/LM MAR) will talk about the changes and provide reassurance that although MedlinePlus has a new look, the content is the same and just as reliable!

The session will be recorded and information for registering is provided below. Please register even if you are unable to attend the live session as a special message regarding the availability of the recording will be provided to all those who register.

Registration Link: https://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html?schedule_id=3413

For questions contact Lydia Collins at lydia@pitt.edu

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Presenter:  Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:

HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated. New initiatives, such as the funding and acquisition of new materials, will be discussed.

Packing Your “Digital Go-Bag:” Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:           Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Online

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=829

Summary:  There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.  Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations.  In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy.  1.5 MLA CEs

A Model for Patient Engagement and How Libraries Can Improve Health Literacy (Boost Box session)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:  Cindy Hipszer, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN), Hospital and Health System Association of PA

Description: Engage for Health is a program that provides libraries with details on how to assist consumers in improving their health through engagement with their providers.  Libraries are asked to seek out partnerships with local health care providers to present a program built around the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Questions are the Answers program.  The program offers interactive sessions that will place consumers in a role play to develop the confidence to engage in their interactions with health care providers.

This session will explain the importance of patient engagement, how to ask the right questions, and how libraries can use this model program to improve health literacy in their community, in partnership with local health care providers.

Date / Time:  April 14th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2015

This one-hour presentation features speakers who discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness, as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ID%3A10356&search=Search&search.x=0&search.y=0

NLM and CDC Co-Hosting Webinars on New Community Health Status Indicators

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinars on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators CHIS 2015 Web Application: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

March 24th, 2015 / 3 – 4 pm (ET) and reprised on March 26th, 2015 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

This webinar will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth) 2015 online web application.

Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application.

Webinar Agenda

  • Brief History of CHSI
  • Summary of the Redesign Project
  • Overview of New Features
  • Web Site Demonstration
  • Q/A

What is New for CHSI 2015?

The new features include:

Registration Information

Please register for either session. After your registration has been received, you will be sent instructions for joining the meeting. Webinars will be recorded.

 

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (Tuesday, March 24)

Register https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?RGID=r08d4b4e36a1bbcc9bdd4960d1808e424

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (Thursday, March 26)

Register https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?RGID=rd8be8cb8600d2100b6b73a7f8703f966

Can’t register? Contact support. https://nih.webex.com/nih/mc

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities. Visit the new CHSI Web application today! http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       April 1st / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Potsdam, NY

Details/Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=30

MAR Network Members Publish in Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
  • Educating K-12 Professionals and Parents: Finding Health Information for Special Needs Children / D. Elizabeth Irish, Deborah M. Lyman, Helen A. Squillace, Enid M. Geyer, Tammy D. Cosgrove, Amanda Hagzan, Jill Leinung & Traci To

More details:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.982051#.VQ2e8-Fc9js

  • Healthy Libraries Develop Healthy Communities: Public Libraries and Their Tremendous Efforts to Support the Affordable Care Act / Lydia N. Collins

More details: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15398285.2014.988467#.VQ2ffeFc9js

Webinar for New MAR Members Interested in Consumer Health

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Please join Lydia Collins, MAR Consumer Health Coordinator, for an informative webinar for new NN/LM MAR network members on Wednesday April 8, 2015 / 10 – 1 am (ET).

This webinar is designed for new NN/LM MAR network members who provide consumer health and would like to learn more about what services are available from MAR, as well as resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

You will learn about:

  • NLM’s Online Consumer Health Resources
  • NN/LM MAR Health Observance Materials
  • Health Programming Materials (for Libraries, Community and Faith-Based Organizations)
  • How to Request NN/LM MAR Training for Your Organization
  • NN/LM MAR Funding for Health Outreach

Register: https://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html?schedule_id=3325

Even if you are unable to attend the live session, please register and you will be provided with a link to the recording of the webinar. Feel free to forward this message to any individuals in your organization who you feel would benefit from learning more about NN/LM MAR and all of the benefits you have as members of our network.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: lydia@pitt.edu.