- Director of the National Library of Medicine to Retire
- Resource Library Directors Meeting / Barbara Epstein
- Kick Start Your Year with a Project Plan for MAR Funding / Renae Barger
- Member Spotlight: Advance African Development: Improving the Quality of Lives in the U.S. and Africa / Annamore Matambanadzo
- MAR Celebrates National Medical Librarians Month with MAR Wants to Make You a Star Contest / Michelle Burda
- New Year’s Resolutions and Healthy Solutions / Lydia Collins
- Want to Be a PubMed Power User? NLM and MAR are Here to Help! / Kate Flewelling
- Academic Librarians–Lend Us an Ear / Missy Harvey
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Presenter: Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries / Pennsylvania Library Association
Date / Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
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.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides online environmental health student resources for students in grades 1-12. The following resources are free and have been vetted by science professionals. The resources can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in after-school programs, in home-school programs, and by students for their academic research assignments.
- Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
- Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Teach basic toxicology principles; written at the introductory college student level.
- Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
- ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish.
- TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA. Includes classroom materials.
- Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): Familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
- ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home. Game format; includes lesson plans and activities. Also available in Spanish.
HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs. You can get this resource at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/ebola-planning-considerations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- Communications Process
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent Letters: English, Spanish, Vietnamese
- ALL Staff Notice
- Recognizing and Reducing Anxiety in Times of Crisis
- 2014 Ebola Resources
Listen to the NLM Director’s Comments on “Enterovirus 68 Overview”. The transcript is also available.
As of this writing, four deaths may or may not be linked to the spread of enterovirus 68, a respiratory infection, which has been diagnosed mostly among children in more than 40 U.S. states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 472 cases of enterovirus 68 in early October and noted the actual number of cases probably was higher…
Listen to the NLM Director’s Comments on “Helping Smokers Quit”. The transcript is also available.
Hospital-discharged smokers (who received automated phone calls and a choice of free medications) stopped smoking more than peers (who received general smoking cessation advice and paid for a pre-selected medication), finds a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…
The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added Mercury and Your Health, an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health. The 16-minute video introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.
The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading. Mercury is one of the chemicals covered in this resource.