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Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM): http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

  1. updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
  2. an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
  3. content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
  4. a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents
  5. a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
  6. an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers.  CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For more information see the What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM: http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/whatsnew.htm

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Friday, November 14th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress.

Health Concerns American Indians and Alaska Natives have a unique relationship with the federal government. Tribes exist as sovereign entities, but federally recognized tribes are entitled to health and educational services provided by the federal government. Though the Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with serving the health needs of these populations, more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives do not permanently reside on a reservation, and therefore have limited or no access to IHS services. Though often referred to as a singular group, American Indians and Alaska Natives represent diverse cultures, languages and customs unique to each community. Health challenges, however, have not been as unique with many Native American communities similarly experiencing the harsh impact of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke and infant mortality.

Profile: American Indian and Alaska Native Health Statistics by Disease Leading Causes of Death Other Critical Health Issues Find Journals and Publications Affordable Care Act and Native Americans The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care quality and coordination. The ACA also includes permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act , which extends the current law and authorizes new programs and services within the Indian Health Service.

More about the Affordable Care Act and Native Americans Fact sheet: The ACA and American Indian and Alaska Native People

Our Work Delivery of health services and funding of programs to maintain and improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives are consonant with the federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with Indian Tribes. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports research on improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program Grantees All grants and cooperative agreements American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Initiative Awards (TIHA) Native Generations , an infant mortality awareness campaign Circle of Life , a multimedia HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum for Native youth National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Ways to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Educate yourself! Read up on the history of the Native people of the Americas and the creation of Native American History Month.

Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among Native American communities.

Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.

Share your story! How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month? What’s happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us throughout the month.

From the Office of Minority Health

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, at the New York Academy of Medicine

The event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event: Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and The Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk’s vaccine against polio brought a fearful epidemic to a close. In the centennial year of Salk’s birth, we celebrate his achievement with the screening of The Shot Felt ’Round the World. This 2010 production chronicles Salk’s crucial work at the University of Pittsburgh that led to the polio vaccine’s success in the 1950s.

Produced by Stephanie Dangel Reiter, Carl Kurlander, and Laura Davis, and directed by Tjardus Greidanus, the hour-long documentary starts with the March of Dimes, a charity founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, himself paralyzed by the disease. March of Dimes’ sponsorship helped Salk develop his vaccine in the early 1950s. Public concern over the disease was so great that widespread testing started almost immediately. The vaccine was pronounced safe in 1955, with mass vaccination following. By the 1960s, polio in the United States was largely under control; the last known endemic case was in 1979.

The film not only looks at the well-known battle against polio, but also delves into the hidden stories, both of the researchers and of the sufferers. After the screening, we are pleased to welcome three commentators for a discussion of the film: Peter L. Salk, MD, president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk; Jeffrey Kluger, senior correspondent for Time magazine and author of Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio; and Bert Hansen, PhD, professor of the history of science and medicine at Baruch College and author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio.

About the Speakers

Bert Hansen, PhD, is professor of history at Baruch College of City University of New York, following appointments at Binghamton University (SUNY), New York University, and the University of Toronto. His recent book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America, was honored with awards from the Popular Culture Association and the American Library Association. The book argues that the triumphs of Louis Pasteur in 1885 and Jonas Salk in 1955 bookend a glorious period of unalloyed popular enthusiasm for medical advances that didn’t sustain itself much beyond the 1950s. The Salk vaccine marked the end of one era in popular sentiments and the beginning of another.

Jeffrey Kluger is the science editor for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His newest nonfiction book is The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—In Your World, published in September 2014. His most recent novel was Freedom Stone, a young adult tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, published in 2011. He is the author of seven other books, including Apollo 13 (1994), coauthored with Jim Lovell, which served as the basis of the 1995 movie; and Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2004). His 2001 cover story on global warming for Time won the Overseas Press Club Award for best environmental reporting of the year.

Kluger has worked at Discover magazine, Family Circle, The New York Times Business World, and Science Digest. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Omni, McCall’s, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Newsday, and, of course, Time. He has been an adjunct instructor in the graduate journalism program at New York University; is a licensed attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law.

Peter L. Salk, MD, is president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk. Dr. Salk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969. Following two years of house staff training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he worked in his father’s laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972 to 1984, conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmune disease, and strategies for vaccine production. He worked again with his father from 1991 to 1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS treatment programs in Africa and Asia. He is currently President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, where he is devoting attention to the effort to complete the eradication of polio, organizing and making available the extensive collections of his father’s papers and historical materials, educating the public regarding his father’s life and work, and extending and applying his father’s vision to help address humanity’s present challenges and opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at this and other events in the 2014–2015 series. For more information about many other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, Books, Health, and History: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/calendar/.

Webinar: Makerspaces in Libraries

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Please join us Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html

Topic: Makerspaces in Libraries

Presenter: Tara Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno’s DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library. DeLaMare offers a growing makerspace, collaborates with community hackerspaces and collectives, and encourages cross-disciplinary research. Tara has previously served as a life and health sciences librarian and has spoken internationally on the role of makerspaces and innovation in academic libraries.

Description: This free webinar will introduce makerspaces and their growing popularity in libraries around the world. The session will focus on the use of makerspaces as community innovation hubs. Successful use of makerspaces as collaboration and innovation centers in academic libraries will be profiled.

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

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Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.

Articles of Interest from Journal of Hospital Librarianship

Friday, November 14th, 2014

You may have seen that these articles are freely available from the Journal of Hospital Librarianship.  They describe new ways hospital librarians can market their services to their hospital community.

Christine Monie & Jessica Clark (2013) Promoting the Library through an Electronic Table of Contents (e-TOC) E-mail Service: The Wollongong Experience, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 13:1, 32-41.  This article discusses taking the initiative to reach out to members of your constituent groups to “help and supply” instead of waiting for a request for a service.

Jennifer E. Moyer (2013) Managing Mobile Devices in Hospitals: A Literature Review of BYOD Policies and Usage, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 13:3, 197-208.  The authors discuss how the hospital librarian can become an essential collaborator in managing mobile devices in the institution including training and content support.

New Interactive Tool Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends.

The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.

PA Forward: Libraries Create Healthier Pennsylvania Communities (Lunch with the RML session)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Presenter:  Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries / Pennsylvania Library Association

Date / Time:  Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:     This webinar will introduce PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an action plan designed to communicate libraries’ essential role in preparing citizens to meet the demands of life.  Libraries can help solve some of our society’s biggest economic and social challenges, and that includes the health of our citizens.  Research shows that nothing – not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial and ethnic background – affects health status more than literacy skills.  Through print and online resources, public programs, community outreach services, and on-staff information experts, libraries help people learn healthy habits, make healthier decisions, and actively manage their own and their family’s well-being.

We will share information about PA Forward’s focus on health literacy and four other essential literacies, its partnerships with eight statewide healthcare organizations, and the high-tech and high-touch ways libraries link citizens of all ages to the most reliable information available to help them prevent disease and manage their health.

Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

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

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=707

SummaryEvent sponsored by the PaLA College and Research Division.  This class is for academic librarians (not attached medical schools) to improve their awareness and learn more about how their faculty/students can research the health, chemical, and environmental literature; find consumer health information; and learn about mobile apps to find what they need.

Includes introductions to PubMed, MedlinePlus, PubChem, TOXNET, Genetics Home Reference, Drug Information Portal, ClinicalTrials.gov, as well as other free databases/services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

We will share information about PA Forward’s focus on health literacy and four other essential literacies, its partnerships with eight statewide healthcare organizations, and the high-tech and high-touch ways libraries link citizens of all ages to the most reliable information available to help them prevent disease and manage their health.

Helpful Ebola Information

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

TOPIC:    HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

WHEN:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 /  1:30 PM (ET)

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

DESCRIPTION:  Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a topic on every front page and in every news outlet, HealthMap (http://healthmap.org/ebola) detected a trend showing a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” spreading in a small area in West Africa. Shortly afterwards, the World Health Organization announced the Ebola epidemic.  Developed in 2006, HealthMap delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. This tool brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. HealthMap is a freely available as a Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and through the mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’.

PRESENTER:   John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance. HealthMap is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

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