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Betsy L. Humphreys appointed Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting but include the last line with the link to the selected bibliography.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely. A selected bibliography is available.

Funding Opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries

Friday, April 17th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-15-003.html

 

The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future.

 

Helpful Links:

RML RFA: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/RML.html

NLM Extramural Program: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/extramural.html

NLM National Network Office: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nno/index.html

Applying for a grant FAQs: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/FAQApply.html

Send questions to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov

 

We are offering the following opportunities to learn about the current RMLs and how to apply to a cooperative agreement:

 

Technical Assistance Webinar (this will be recorded for future viewing)

When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from 3:00-4:00pm ET

Where: Webinar URL – https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlm_rml_423/, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542

We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov

 

2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and Centers, Austin, TX (held in conjunction with the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting)

When: Friday, May 15, 2015

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Time: 9:00 am—5:30 pm

Go to the NLM Technical Bulletin for a complete agenda.

Note: The 3:30 pm—5:30 pm session in Room 12A, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.

New NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity is available, Supplements to Support Interoperability of NIH Funded Biomedical Data Repositories, with an April 20 application due date. NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories. Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.

Valentina di Francesca (NHGRI) will be organizing an administrative review panel for these supplements as a group. Administrative review is expected to occur in May 2015, and completed by August 24, 2015. Awards are expected to be made in August/September 2015.

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

Webinar: Digital Humanitarians

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and 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.

TOPIC:  Digital Humanitarians

Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick and his work at http://irevolution.net/bio.

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, April 9, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.

A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2015

This one-hour presentation features speakers who discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness, as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ID%3A10356&search=Search&search.x=0&search.y=0

Webinar: Explore the New National Preparedness Training Plan

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 2:00 PM (EST)

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Learning Office (OPHPR LO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webinar will introduce frontline public health workers to the high-quality, current trainings that have been assigned one or more of the Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Core Competencies and/or the Public Health Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities, and focus on the creation of a national emergency preparedness training plan around these competencies using TRAIN. TRAIN is a learning management system offered as a free service of Public Health Foundation and operates through collaborative partnerships with state and federal agencies, local and national organizations, and educational institutions.

http://www.phf.org/events/Pages/Training_for_Results_Preparedness_and_Emergency_Response_Core_Competency_Based_Training.aspx

Register on TRAIN: https://cdc.train.org/DesktopModules/eLearning/CourseDetails/CourseDetailsForm.aspx?tabid=62&CourseID=1054874&backURL=aHR0cHM6Ly9jZGMudHJhaW4ub3JnL0Rlc2t0b3BTaGVsbC5hc3B4

NLM and CDC Co-Hosting Webinars on New Community Health Status Indicators

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinars on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators CHIS 2015 Web Application: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

March 24th, 2015 / 3 – 4 pm (ET) and reprised on March 26th, 2015 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

This webinar will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth) 2015 online web application.

Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application.

Webinar Agenda

  • Brief History of CHSI
  • Summary of the Redesign Project
  • Overview of New Features
  • Web Site Demonstration
  • Q/A

What is New for CHSI 2015?

The new features include:

Registration Information

Please register for either session. After your registration has been received, you will be sent instructions for joining the meeting. Webinars will be recorded.

 

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (Tuesday, March 24)

Register https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?RGID=r08d4b4e36a1bbcc9bdd4960d1808e424

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (Thursday, March 26)

Register https://nih.webex.com/nih/j.php?RGID=rd8be8cb8600d2100b6b73a7f8703f966

Can’t register? Contact support. https://nih.webex.com/nih/mc

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities. Visit the new CHSI Web application today! http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth.

CMS, ONC Release Proposed Rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Eight objectives for advanced use of electronic health record systems: http://www.fierceemr.com/story/cms-onc-release-proposed-rules-meaningful-use-stage-3/2015-03-20?utm_campaign=AddThis&utm_medium=AddThis&utm_source=email#.VQyMXG4CJLI.email

Important News about Quick Health Data Online

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick Heath Data Online, the Office on Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website, www.healthstatus2020.com, will no longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

If you have questions, please email us.

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.