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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:

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 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)


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


Can’t register? Contact support.

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!

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


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:

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

More details:

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


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:

Important News about Quick Health Data Online

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick Heath Data Online, the Office on Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website,, will no longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

If you have questions, please email us.

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, March 13th, 2015


Project:  Body Apps: iPads for Undergrad Anatomy & Physiology Students
Awardee:  Valerie Lynn / Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA

Project:  Healthy Libraries, Health Communities
Awardees:  Nora Hardy / South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, NY

Project:  Medical Library Technology Upgrade and Expansion
Awardee:  Claire Joseph / Jules Redish Memorial Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY

Details on each project available at:

Date / Time:  March 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Classes in Plattsburgh, NY

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

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

Date / Time:       March 31st / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY


Summary:  Audience: Information Professionals (3 MLA CEs)
Responding to mental health reference questions is challenging for even the most experienced librarian. In this class, participants will learn how to effectively provide reference services for mental health information for the public. Participants will learn the best websites, databases and collection development materials to respond to mental health related questions. Best approaches to handling challenging reference interviews will be explored. Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of mental health issues
  2. Learn best approaches to consumer health reference interviews about mental health information
  3. Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases


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

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

Date / Time:       March 31st / 1 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/RegisterRegister. Please contact Julie Wever at CEFLS to register by telephone: 563-5190 x 18 or email:

Summary:  3 MLA CEs:

IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology.

The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website.

For more information, registration, and webcast please visit:

The topics to be covered include:

  • Health Literate Digital Design and Strategies
  • Design specifications for apps
  • The Federal Digital Strategy and Health Literacy
  • Patient Portals
  • Catalyzing Widespread Informed Engagement
  • Skills needed by Health Professionals to interface with consumers around consumer generated information?
  • Incentives for Consumer Engagement
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Health IT and Select Populations
  • Issues and Use in Native American Populations
  • Mobile Technologies for Pregnant Women and New Mothers
  • Lessons Learned from the Workshop: Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can tune in to the live webcast at that time.

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Friday, March 13th, 2015

As announced in the Federal Register, the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is now available. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments to the federal government on the Advisory Report. Written comments will be accepted online through midnight EDT on April 8, 2015.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years. HHS and USDA will host a public oral comment meeting on March 24, 2015. Meeting registration is now open, and the meeting agenda is available. Please direct all media inquiries to or call (202) 205-0143.

MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.