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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.

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, www.healthstatus2020.com, 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

Presenters:

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: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/lunch_schedule.html

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

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

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

Details/Register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=31

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: wever@cefls.org

Summary:  3 MLA CEs: http://cech.mlanet.org/node/567

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: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-MAR-24.aspx

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.