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Call for Public Comments: 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy The Office of the

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is requesting public comments on a draft of the 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The purpose of the 2015-2018 NHSS is to provide strategic direction for health security system in the United States over the next four years. The draft contains a vision, goal, guiding principles, strategic objectives, priorities, and implementation activities to enhance national health security. The Implementation Plan (IP) will guide the Nation and facilitate coordination among stakeholders.

Healthy People 2020

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Please check out our latest about Healthy People 2020 and their freely available infographics (, a review of a cool new free diagramming tool with over 4,000 templates (, a new open access journal, Systematic Reviews (, and strengthening the reach and impact of community health strategies (

Nikki Dettmar, MSISEvaluation LibrarianNational Network of Libraries of MedicineOutreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC)Phone: (206) 543-3409Toll free: (800) 338-7657Fax: (206) 543-2469Email:

MAR Will Be Out of the Office, Attending MLA

Friday, May 9th, 2014

All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 15th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!

NIH News in Health

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Shedding Light on Health

Research Helps People and Pets
Veterinarians and scientists study diseases that affect both pets and people to improve medical care for humans and our 4-legged friends.

Tick Talk
Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease
Tick-borne diseases are found in many areas across the country, and they’re on the rise. Do what you can to keep ticks from taking a bite out of you.

Health Capsules:

Exercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last

Paralyzed Men Regain Movement

Featured Website: Mental Health Topics

UPDATE: Tracking the News: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Friday, May 9th, 2014

MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) is back in the U.S. news because one case has been identified in Indiana in a traveler recently returned from Saudi Arabia. A year ago this month, we sent out our first message on MERS-CoV. Here is an update of key resources for finding MERS-CoV news and background materials.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) comprehensive home page on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Scroll down for “Updates.”

CDC Travel Health Notices: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula:

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota:

HealthMap Click on  “___ alerts for Alerts from past week,” select “Search” tab, click “Diseases,” click “Choose diseases” and scroll to “MERS.” You can also sign up for email alerts.

ProMED-mail (from the International Society for Infectious Diseases) is posting frequent updates:

WHO Coronavirus Infections updates:

Twitter: The most commonly used (in order of use) hashtags are #MERS, #MERSCoV, and #coronavirus

Twitter accounts to follow: @WHO, @CDCgov, @CDCtravel, @ECDC_EU, @PHE_uk, @healthmap


WHO home page on Coronavirus Infections:

In CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Sept 27, 2013: This is the most recent MMWR article.

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) offers slides, webcast, audio and transcript of this June 13, 2013 presentation:

MERS-CoV: Significant Potential for Public Health Emergency

This May 2013 document remains in effect. HHS Secretary determined that “there is a significant potential for a public healt­­­­h emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad and that involves Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).” This determination allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin use of in-vitro diagnostics for detection of MERS-CoV:

To learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations, see:

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean home page on Surveillance, Forecasting and Response: Outbreaks:

WHO Regional Office for Europe home page on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV):

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control home page on Coronavirus Infections, with a link to “News and epidemiological updates”:

Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health includes more than 50 documents:

Note to PubMed searchers: CORONAVIRUS and CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS are the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) most often used to describe MERS-CoV articles. Many MERS-CoV articles are recent and not yet indexed, so search by textwords as well as by MeSH.

Funding Information Session: Disaster Health Info Outreach & Collaboration Project 2014

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

An open information session will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. Log in via Adobe Connect and/or dial in (see login information below) to learn about this opportunity and ask questions about the solicitation and its requirements. A member of the NLM Contracts and Acquisition team will be on the call to address questions. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit

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ORR Funding Opportunity Announcement: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is pleased to announce the publication of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  ORR invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.

Eligible Applicants: This Funding Announcement is limited to Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBO) only.

An ECBO is a non-profit organization that was founded and is led by a refugee individual or a group of refugees and immigrants, primarily to serve a specific refugee group from one or multiple ethnicities. Refugees/individuals of refugee origin must comprise a minimum of 60 per cent of the organization’s board.

Estimated Total Funding: $3,000,000

Average Projected Award Amount: $150,000 per Budget Period

Application Closing Date: 06/27/2014

Download the application  or apply on

Visit for more information about this and other ORR programs.

Tornado Resources for Children, Teens, and Families

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when tornadoes are playing havoc across large portions of the US.  NCTSN has pulled together their resources on talking with children and teens about the aftermath of a tornado.  These resources can be found on our home page in the “What’s New Box.”   I hope you all have fared well during this most recent outbreak of tornadoes and storms.

Cathryn Chiesa, MLS
Resource Librarian
UCLA-Duke University Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Leading the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
411 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 200
Durham, NC  27701

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Community Paramedicine encourages EMTs and paramedics to serve in expanded roles to connect underutilized resources to underserved populations. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool enables communities to assess current programs and plan for future development. See more tools and resources at:

Upcoming AHIP Webinar on Health Literacy & Health Equity

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

America’s Health Insurance Plans Health Literacy Task Force and the National Health Plan Collaborative is hosting a series of webinars on health plans’ integration of health literacy and health equity.

April 30th 1:30 pm ET Webinar: Integrating Health Literacy and Health Care Equity Efforts: Increasing Consumer Understanding and Engagement in their Health and Health Care

Helping today’s increasingly diverse population of consumers to access insurance, use their benefits, and play a central role in their own health demands careful attention to cultural attributes and the clarity and simplicity of language. AHIP’s webinar series will provide specific examples of how health plans are leading efforts to promote health equity and increase consumer understanding and engagement. Join the conversation on April 30th!  Registration is free. For more information and to register, visit:

In recognition of National Minority Health Month in April
Series I: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 pm EST

Moderator:  Wayne Rawlins, MD, National Medical Director for Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiative, Aetna


  • Crystal Duran, MPH, CHES, Clinical Program Manager, Health Equity and Multicultural Health, Cigna
  • Jennifer Strohecker Hellinga, PharmD, BCPS MTM Operations Manager, Molina Healthcare
  • Steven Rush, Director, Health Literacy Innovation, UnitedHealth Group

Rita Carreón

Director, Clinical Strategies and Health Care Equity

America’s Health Insurance Plans

601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

South Building, Suite 500

Washington DC 20004