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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Libraries (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, February 15th, 2014


  • Kelly Ayala, Community Relations Officer, USCIS, Newark, NJ
  • Shyconia Burden, Community Relations Officer, USCIS, New York, NY
  • Carla Pendino, Community Relations Officer, USICS, Philadelphia, PA

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 27, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Forthcoming.

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Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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


Date / Time:  Monday, March 3 – April 4, 2014

Where:             Online (using Moodle)

Summary:  This interactive class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public.  Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient.  Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists.  We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach.  The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.  8 MLA CEs.

How Guide Dogs Weather the Storm

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Easter Seals, January 13, 2014

This blog posting provides the perspective of winter weather through the experience of a person with a Seeing Eye Dog.  The snow adds layers of challenges to the daily activities of the person who relies on sounds now muffled by snow, and on their service animal, who must navigate streets coated in salt and snow:

Physicians Called to Advance Health Literate Organizations

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a commentary this month that gives physicians guidance on their role in implementing health literate health care organizations. Physicians’ responsibilities to address health literacy are not restricted to improving the clinical encounter, declared authors Cindy Brach, Benard Dreyer, and Dean Schillinger. For health care organizations to become health literate, physicians must also be willing to serve as health literacy champions.

The authors detail actions physicians can take to implement each of the ten attributes of health literate health care organizations, as described in an Institute of Medicine discussion paper by Brach et al. The article also points readers to the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help physicians lead their practices in implementing health literacy universal precautions.

Access the commentary, Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action at:

To access Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations, go to:

To access the Health Literacy Universal PrecautionsToolkit, go to:

February NIH News in Health

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Check out the February issue <> of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Stop the Spread of Superbugs

Help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria <

Antibiotics can destroy many types of bacteria that can make us sick. Sadly, our overuse of antibiotics is helping to create new drug-resistant “superbugs” that are difficult to defeat

Gripped by Gout

Avoiding the Ache and Agony <>

Sudden, painful swelling at the base of the big toe is often the first warning sign of gout. It can affect other joints as well. The good news is, most types of gout are treatable, especially if caught early.

Health Capsules:

*   Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk <>

*   Caring for a Seriously Ill Child <>

*   Featured Website: NIDA for Teens <>

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us <> or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

ACA and Resource Update from Health Happens in Libraries

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The current enrollment period for individuals seeking health care coverage in the health insurance marketplace is still open! There are many resources to support organizations and individuals in obtaining the information they need about this component of the Affordable Care Act. The following resources are intended to support libraries as they develop their own priorities for responding to patron inquiries in this area.

Do you have questions or input about libraries supporting community health information needs? Email us at any time! Thanks for your continued interest in Health Happens in Libraries, and for supporting our efforts to connect libraries with useful health information resources.

MAR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

Available Awards

  • New!  Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
  • New!  Health Information Awareness
  • Outreach to Consumers:  now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
  • Medical Library Projects
  • Exhibitor Awards:  now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach to Health Professionals:  now includes funding for…
    • community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
    • minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations

Apply now!  Applications accepted until March 14, 2014

To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:

DHHS/FDA-The Safety Reporting Portal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

As of January 13, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting voluntary and mandatory reports of dietary supplement adverse events online.

The secure reporting portal was implemented to simplify and allow for easy reporting of these events by manufacturers, distributers and the public. The FDA will also continue to accept paper 3500A and 3500 reporting forms.

The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act requires the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of a dietary supplement marketed in the United States to report to the FDA any serious adverse events received when their product is used in the United States. The FDA also strongly encourages physicians to file voluntary reports of adverse events experienced by their patients after using dietary supplements.

The new online reporting capability is now available through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal. To submit a dietary supplement adverse event report, please visit

MLA 2014 Symposium

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Consider Attending the Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA 2014

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.


Proposal Writing for Outreach Projects for Public Libraries

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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


Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  This session designed specifically for public library staff will provide an overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.