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Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Awardee:  Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project
Project:  Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

Awardee:  Elizabeth Irish, Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Project:  Educating K-12 Professionals to Meet the Health Information Needs of Special Needs Children and Their Parents: A Collaborative Outreach Project of Albany Medical College and the East Greenbush Central School District

Awardee:  Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project:  Assessment of Information Literary Skills and Training Needs of Hospice Nurses

Date / Time:   Thursday, April 24, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

NIH News in Health

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Stamp Out Smoking

Tobacco-Free Living
Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use.

The Sting of Shingles
Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks
If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects.

Health Capsules:

CDC: More Work Needed to Combat Healthcare-Associated Infections

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

CDC: More work needed to combat healthcare-associated infections.

Included in this information is a link to a graphic that  is directed to patients.

MLA 2014 Patient Engagement Symposium

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NN/LM MAR is pleased to be a sponsor of the MLA 2014 Patient Engagement Symposium and encourages you to apply for a professional development award to cover the registration fee (Award monies can not be applied to travel or per diem to the MLA conference, only registration for the CE).

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $200.00 (nonmember, $380)

MLA CE Contact Hours: 4

Libraries and librarians have long been providing services and health information to patients and their families in the healthcare setting and in the community.  With health care reform and the complexity of the entire health care system increasing, the move toward patient-centered care has reached the consciousness of almost every health care professional and institution.

The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient Centered Care One Person at a Time Symposium is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers and librarians on clinical care and health education teams. Through this symposium participants will gain a better knowledge of the many definitions of patient engagement and discuss and explore new and existing methods of how to connect the public and providers with quality health information resources and tools, including the Patient Engagement Framework.

This half day long symposium will consist of:

  • Keynote speaker, Stephen Wilkins, author of the blog Mind the Gap , which discusses evidence-based insights on how physicians and patients communicate and engage with each other.
  • A panel of invited speakers who will provide their perspectives based on the role they play in their institutions or through their own experiences as patients. Panel speakers include T. Scott Pulchack, Associate Professor and Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ruti Volk, a patient education librarian, and Judy C. Stribling, Assistant Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College and Manager of the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (MMPRC).
  • Small breakout sessions to discuss different patient engagement strategies introduced in the Symposium and those shared by the symposium participants.

Click here for additional information.

IHA Health Literacy Conferences

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

I wanted to let you that registration is now available for the following conference coming up next month. Early bird registration rates are available through Friday, 4/11/14. Kelli Ham from our office will be attending. We’ve also just learned that IHA is also offering five scholarships for conference registration fees (no support for travel or lodging expenses). To apply for the scholarships, interested applicants should send an email to Michael Villaire, no later than Wednesday, April 16 at 5 pm PDT, with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Why you feel you are a good choice for this scholarship
  • One way you plan on applying what you learn at this conference


The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) extends an invitation to our librarian friends to attend our 13th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference, “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy: At the Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and Health Literacy,” May 7-9, 2014, at the Hotel Irvine (previously known as the Hyatt Regency Irvine), near John Wayne Airport/Orange County. Click here to register now. Use Discount Code MLA14 and save $20 on your tuition fee! We have kept our tuition rates at the same low rate every year. And remember, your tuition includes all of this:

  • Up to 20 MLA and other continuing education credit hours
  • Choose 4 out of 10 hands-on, interactive breakout sessions
  • Breakfast on Thursday and Friday
  • Lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • FREE preconference sessions on Wednesday:

*Live, National, Interactive Social Media Event: The Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and Health Literacy

*Integrating Health Literacy into Your Organization: Subtle Issues to Consider

*Health Literacy 101: An Introduction to the Field

  • Opening Night Reception–complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Poster session—more than 50 posters—on Thursday evening
  • Complimentary tote bag with free set of IHA books, AND a free copy of the out-of-print classic, “Teaching Patients With Low Literacy Skills,” by Len and Ceci Doak and Jane Root
  • Multiple networking opportunities
  • …and more!

Please join us and your colleagues to improve your skills and toolkit in health literacy. Questions? Call us at (800) 434-4633 or email

– Michael Villaire, MSLM

Chief Executive Officer

Institute for Healthcare Advancement

(562) 690-4001 ext. 202

Ask me about our Health Literacy Conference

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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


Date / Time:       April 24, 2014 / 9 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Central NY Library Resource Council (CNYLRC), Syracuse, NY

Summary:  This class is designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors.  The hands-on class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and discuss credible health information resources that are designed for teens. 3 MLA CEs.

Why Health Literacy Matters

Friday, April 4th, 2014

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Friday, April 4th, 2014

April 1st begins National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.  The lack of awareness about Sarcoidosis was the stimulus to establish the National Sarcoidosis Society.  According the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Health Topic Web page, “Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation, usually in [the] lungs, skin, or lymph nodes.”  Furthermore, “No one is sure what causes sarcoidosis.  It affects men and women of all ages and races.  It occurs mostly in people ages 20 to 50, African Americans, especially women, and people of Northern European origin.”

Often sarcoidosis “is found in patients with visible physical signs who have an abnormal chest x-ray.”  An examination is often preceded by physical ailments such as: Chest pain, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, weight loss, among other symptoms.  For a more detailed description of symptoms, prognosis, treatment options and more see the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Encyclopedia Web page.  For the latest news, health check tools, interactive tutorials and research sign up for alerts from the sarcoidosis Health Topic page

I invite you to visit the embedded Web links and learn more about this perplexing disease.  Also please visit the National Library of Medicine home page for access to more quality health information resources.

Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Health Literacy Leadership Institute

June 9-13, 2014

“As a participant in last year’s Health Literacy Leadership Institute, I would encourage anyone thinking about attending to go. It was one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had. It could change your life!” – Terri Ottosen, 2013 Fellow

Enroll now in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 9-13, 2014. Offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one-week Institute is designed for professionals committed to improving the health literacy of healthcare providers and the public.  Those working in health literacy and students interested in pursuing careers in health literacy are encouraged to attend.

Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation.  Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach.  During the course of the week, participants work on a health literacy project of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information and to register:

Contact the course director Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi at or 781-835-6488.

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Health Literacy Alert

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Communications Tune-Up Webinars

April 25         Quick and Easy Field Testing: Asking for Affirmation, Corrections and Suggestions

May 30         Design for Readability: Creating Visual Order

June 27         Making Content Accessible: Removing Barriers to Print and Web Information

July 11          Getting the Message Out: Planning and Implementing Public Health Campaigns

August 15     Removing Language Barriers: Reaching Your Spanish Speaking Audience