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MedlinePlus No Longer Providing Interactive Tutorial Modules

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As of Friday, February 27, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus resource is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. The Anatomy and Surgery videos remain available.

This decision is based on trends NLM has observed from users, and the desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes feedback about how MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Feel free to send suggestions or comments through the Contact Us form.

NIH News in Health Now Available!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Be a Partner in Clinical Research: Help Others, Help Yourself
    Did you know that you can participate in clinical research? Whether you’re healthy or sick, young or old, male or female, you’re probably eligible to participate in some type of clinical study. Maybe you or a loved one has an illness, and you’d like to help scientists find a treatment or cure. If you’re healthy, you can help researchers learn more about how the body works or how sickness can be prevented.
  • Better Check Your Bowels: Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer
    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death nationwide. But it can usually be cured when caught early. Screening tests like colonoscopy can save lives by catching problems before symptoms even appear, when treatments might work best.
  • Are You at Risk for Alcohol-Medication Interactions?
    Many people may be both drinking alcohol and taking prescription drugs that interact with alcohol, according to an NIH-funded study. The finding highlights the need to talk with a health care professional about the risks of drinking alcohol while taking prescription medications.
  • Measles: Preventable with Vaccines
    Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It starts with a fever, followed by a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. A rash of tiny, red spots then breaks out and spreads. Measles can be especially dangerous to children under 5 years old. It can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and even death. The good news is that measles can be prevented by getting a vaccine.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

HHS Invites Participation in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting private payers, employers, providers, patients, states, consumer groups, individual consumers, and other partners within the health care community to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“Network”).  First announced on January 26 by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Network has been created to support the transformation of the nation’s health care delivery system to one that achieves better care, smarter spending, and healthier people through the expansion of new health care payment models.

Cooperation through the Network supports efforts to help the entire U.S. health care system match or exceed the goals recently announced for Medicare: tying 30% of fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and tying 50% of payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018.  It will also support the broader goal of tying the vast majority of payments in the health care system to quality or value.

For more information on the Network, please visit: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Payment-Learning-and-Action-Network/.  The Network’s kickoff event is planned for March 25, 2015.

Attached are a fact sheet, frequently asked questions document, and blog post about the Network.  The blog post can also be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/index.html.  Please contact the CMS Office of Legislation (202-690-8220) if you have any questions. Thank you.

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

  • Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network Libraries of Medicine, Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.
  • Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: https://j.mp/CDCwebtour

What is Big (Crisis) Data?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Save the Date! NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their April 9th webinar from 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 co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi.  Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing.  More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Thank You from HHS Secretary for Everyone’s Efforts with the ACA!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Dear Colleague:

I’m writing to thank you for being a part of history.  Each of us at this Department – in our own way – impacts millions of lives, and for the better.  This week was one of the great reminders of what this impact means to a family as they sit at their kitchen table and plan for their future.

As you know, Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace came to a close on Sunday, and about 11.4 million Americans signed up or were re-enrolled in coverage (and there are thousands more who are still enrolling through this week).  Of course this is in addition to the millions of young adults who now have coverage through their parents’ health plans and the millions of people that are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

I want to invite you to reflect for a moment about what this means for the good, hardworking people that we serve; what it means for a mom or a dad to know that they can take their children to the doctor or finally afford to fill a prescription or no longer have to choose between paying tuition bills and paying for health coverage.

Think about what this means to a resilient American like Laura Gonzalez, who I met in Jacksonville.  She’s a 26-year old mother of two who is studying to be an ultrasound tech.  Her husband is a truck driver and he does not receive insurance through his work.  Thanks to the Marketplace, they’ve been able to get covered for only $41 a month.

People like Laura were helped in the last few months by assisters, call center employees and volunteers across the country – and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude, along with the state and local officials, Members of Congress, and others who worked so hard to help their constituents.

Helping people like Laura is what public service is all about.  For more than a century, our country has wrestled with the question of how to cover the uninsured.  You’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you were a part of the answer.

Whether you work directly on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or whether you’re part of one of the countless other efforts the people of our Department undertake day-after-day, your work has meaning, and I am grateful for your service.

Sincerely,

Sylvia M. Burwell

Honoring the Retirement of NLM Director Dr. Donald Lindberg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys has announced a special program and reception to be held on Monday, March 30, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, to celebrate the contributions of NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, on the occasion of his retirement.  The public is invited.  RSVPs are due by Monday, March 16.

Also, anyone is invited to share stories, words of gratitude and humor, photos, or any combination thereof, for a memory book parting gift for Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg.  Submissions should be composed on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper and e-mailed to publicinfo@nlm.nih.gov, or hand delivered or mailed to Mary Miller, NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), Building 38, Room 2S15F, MSC 3812, Bethesda, MD 20894, by Monday, March 16.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine Board seeks your help in identifying candidates for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

  •  Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by June 1, via email, fax, or mail at the following address:
    Friends of the National Library of Medicine
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • or send to ronica.lu@fnlm.org

Please go to the link below for more information including a nomination form:  http://fnlm.org/debakey.php

Job Ad: NIH Librarian, Bethesda, MD

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

https://macmla.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/job-posting-librarian-nih-bethesda-md-2/

Teleconference Today—Interested in Leading the Regional Medical Library Program?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.

If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).

Click here to register

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.

The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international).  The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.

NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement.  The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.

As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March.  At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!