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New Versions of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español Mobile Sites

Monday, October 27th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_medlineplus_mobile.html

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This initiative is a part of its previously-announced Web content collecting effort, which is guided by the NLM Collection Development Manual and other strategic collecting efforts. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from Government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events.” The NLM will continue to develop, review, describe, and add content to the collection, as it also expands its overall capacity to collect Web content. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear!

Post-Superstorm Sandy Summit

Monday, October 27th, 2014

https://aianj.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/two_years_later_announcement_and_agenda_final_v-2jpg_page1.jpg

Additional Ebola-Related Information

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Webinar: Ebola Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a webinar for healthcare coalitions on Ebola preparedness. Please share this invite widely with your members.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3:30 to 4:30 pm EDT

***Updated information on accessing this webinar is available at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/coalitions-call.aspx.

The purpose of this webinar will be to review a Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness  developed by ASPR and CDC to highlight activities that all healthcare coalitions can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

In addition, this webinar will provide an education training session for healthcare coalitions related to some of the key issues currently facing U.S. hospitals. Topics to be addressed include lessons learned from Dallas, an overview of updated personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations, PPE considerations (including proper putting on, removal, and disposal of PPE), and considerations for managing staffing concerns.

An Inquiry Form has been developed for the purpose of obtaining questions that you would like us to address during this webinar. Please note that we will not be able to address all received questions during the webinar.

Please note that a video will be made available and placed at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/coalitions-call.aspx for your reference.

****In an effort to maximize availability of call-in lines, please consider joining this webinar with multiple colleagues on one line.

 

From CDC: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1020-ebola-personal-protective-equipment.html

 

Webinar: The Ebola Crisis: What it Means for West African and the World

Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Monday, October 27th 1:00 – 5:00pm ET

This multi-disciplinary dialogue will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts, particularly in terms of bioethical and sustainability implications, and mitigate future high-fatality events.

http://ncdp.columbia.edu/microsite-page/ebola-in-perspective/ebola-conference-2014/

 

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlm_web_collecting_ebola_resources.html

 

Disaster Distress Hotline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides access to the Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7, year round for crisis counseling and support. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster, and Ebola is no exception. If you are feeling overwhelmed due to this outbreak, call 1-800-985-5990 for assistance, which is available to anyone affected by the outbreak, including health workers and other responders.
http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

Ebola Webinars and Resources

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola (Call with HHS)

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs

 

Monday, October 20 / 1 – 2 PM (ET)

 

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/call/Pages/default.aspx

Following the call, please check this page for a transcript and audio file of this call.

Hospital executives, emergency management directors and safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

 

Dial In Information:

Toll Free – 888-395-7964

Participant Code – 9622268

 

A live webstream of this call is available at http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875793&s=1&k=1060AEB3C4A38A847A20460D9939A2AB

 

Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

How to Participate: Registration is not required.

 

  • Join early.
  • Line opens 15 minutes before the live call.
  • When possible dial in as a group.
  • High interest call.
  • If lines reach capacity, access on demand a few days after the live call.

 

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-455-9766(U.S. Callers)
  • Passcode: 5076538

 

Participate by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen only.

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875715&s=1&k=4A077209650AA3FEE1E439AE88CEAF39

 

Access on Demand:

Call materials (audio and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call. http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_102014.asp

 

Overview:

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in healthcare workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.

 

Presenter(s):

 

Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP

Clinical Team Lead

CDC Ebola Response

 

Diana Florescu, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Section on Infectious Diseases

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 

  1. Marshall Lyon III MD, MMSc

Associate Professor

Division of Infectious Diseases

Emory University School of Medicine

Webcast: Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): A Workshop

Institute of Medicine

Monday November 3rd / 8:30 am (ET)

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Research Council will organize a one-day workshop that will explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States. The workshop will focus primarily on basic science and environmental health research issues of specific concern to affected and potentially affected U.S. communities

Information about the workshop: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/EbolaTransmissionResearch/2014-NOV-03.aspx

Register for the In-Person Meeting or Webcast: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1848424/Research-Priorities-for-Ebola-Workshop-Public-Registration

Journal Article: Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine

Cynthia Love, Stacey Arnesen, Steven Phillips

This article, published in a special edition of “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” (DMPHP) journal, provides a review and summary of the information that the National Library of Medicine is providing in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, including access to the published literature, “grey literature”, genetic variance, and social  media. The special edition on Ebola focuses providing operational and policy level information to improve outcomes and decision making for all providers preparing for and responding to the outbreak, and all  full text articles are free.

Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9387998&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1935789314001086&specialArticle=Y

Find additional articles from the special edition: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialArticle?jid=DMP&bespokeId=11228

Searching for Drugs and Chemicals in PubMed (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Presenter: Sharon Dennis and Rebeeca Brown, National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: During this session, trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will help you become familiar with the NLM MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs, and to get comfortable with searching for drug information in PubMed. They will explain how chemicals, drugs and other substances are described in MeSH, discuss how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, and demonstrate how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Emergency Access Initiative for Ebola

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population.

As part of this initiative, Wiley is partnering with the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), which includes the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The free access period in response to the Ebola crisis is currently Free access period: August 12, 2014 – November, 14, 2014. Access to over 175 medical and scientific journals includes The Cochrane Library, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

For further information or questions regarding EAI resources, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov, or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.

To view the site visit: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

We want to share information sent recently to an NIH Emergency Preparedness listserv that may interest those working in K-12 schools…

From: Emergency Public Health and Medical Partners [mailto:ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Sloan, Nick
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
To: ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV
Subject: FW: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Please share as you deem appropriate with your school districts around the country.

Nick Sloan, CEM, TEM, HEM, CHS-I

Director of Emergency Management

Environmental Safety & Emergency Management

Subject: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

In an effort to keep districts informed so that they may respond to questions from concerned parents about the Ebola virus, we are sharing some resources provided by the Dallas Independent School District. The district hopes that the procedures and steps they took will be of assistance to other school districts should they have the unfortunate experience of having a school impacted by the virus.

Previously, we provided information from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control that might also be useful.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Elegantly Simple Evaluation: Talking to Health Care Providers about Patient Health Literacy

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

By Yawar Ali and Cindy Olney

As the child of a physician living in South Texas, I’ve witnessed a deficiency of health literacy in patients. I volunteered in my dad’s clinic over spring break. I also participated on a medical relief trip with my father to a nonprofit charitable hospital in Pakistan. At both places, I witnessed difficulty in patient health literacy. – Yawar Ali

 In June 2014, Yawar Ali, a rising junior from the South Texas High School for Health Professions, taught physicians and physician assistants in his father’s medical clinics about patient health literacy. He also introduced them to MedlinePlus as an important tool for their patients. Yawar evaluated his project and discovered valuable insight that helped him improve the impact of his project.

Yawar conducted this health information outreach project as an internship offered through the  ¡VIVA! (Vital Information for a Virtual Age) project.  ¡VIVA! is a high school-based initiative in which students are trained to promote MedlinePlus to their classmates, teachers, families, and community members.  It is a student organization led by librarians of the South Texas Independent School District, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funds the project.

He developed his presentation using health literacy materials available through the Medical Library Association and presented to three doctors and three PAs.  He taught them seven steps for addressing low patient health literacy and introduced them to MedlinePlus.

Yawar incorporated elegantly simple evaluation techniques into his project. Right after the presentation, he asked participants to complete a short evaluation form, asking them how likely they were to use the steps and promote MedlinePlus to patients.  They all responded positively, indicating good intentions.

Two weeks after the training, Yawar visited all of the health care providers to conduct brief semi-structured interviews. He asked if they had tried the steps and collected their feedback on the techniques. He also checked to see if they had promoted MedlinePlus to their patients. With some persistence, he was able to conduct a complete interview with each participant.

The feedback he received is of interest to anyone hoping to initiate health information outreach in partnership with primary care clinics, particularly in medically underserved areas:

  • The majority of Yawar’s participants tried teach-back, open-ended questions, and other techniques with their patients; but they were conflicted because such techniques added time to patient appointments. This interfered with their ability to stick to their busy schedules.
  • The health care providers were impressed with MedlinePlus, but they had convenient access to print materials from a database (Healthwise) that was integrated with the clinic’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Furthermore, it was easier to document that they were adhering to the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs when they got patient information from Healthwise.
  • While the Healthwise database was more convenient for the providers, they recognized that the print information they were providing was limited. They believed their patients could get more comprehensive information from MedlinePlus, but the clinicians did not have a convenient way to promote the resource.

Their feedback prompted a speedy response. The project team secured MedlinePlus brochures from NLM that Yawar delivered to the clinics. The fix was relatively simple, but critical. The team may have never known about this necessary adjustment without Yawar’s elegantly simple evaluation.

Credit:  Yawar and Cindy would like to thank ¡VIVA! project team members Lucy Hansen, Sara Reibman, and Ann Vickman, for their help on this project.

The ¡VIVA! project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-0007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.