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2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, March 6th, 2015

With the winter still sitting on Boston in a big way, it’s nice to think about June and the 2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute: http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute. The Health Literacy Leadership Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine is a one-week advanced professional development opportunity for those working in health literacy and those interested in doing more to improve health literacy in the United States and around the globe.

Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Throughout the week, participants work on a health literacy educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information about the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, please visit our website http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute  or contact the Course Director at Sabrina.Kurtz_Rossi@tufts.edu.

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

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

Hospital-Community Partnerships

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As the transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system continues to build momentum, it will largely be up to hospital leaders to chart a new course forward. To aid in this effort, a new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines how health system executives, boards and their communities can work together to improve the quality of care.

The report, “Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and Communities,” is the product of two AHA committees–one that hosted events in 2014 to collaborate with community partners, and another that conducted a survey of 949 CEOs and 629 trustees to gauge how well hospital and health system governance practices are prepared for a changing healthcare environment.

“The Redefining the H report is incredibly valuable not only in terms of articulating a shared set of principles, but offering a toolkit for community conversations,” AHA Chairman Jonathan Perlin said in a podcast regarding the report. “Triple Aim [better care, better health and lower costs] and ‘Redefining the H’ are demonstrative of the link between the immediate advocacy agenda for hospitals in terms of their current mission requirements and their collective aspirations in terms of defining a healthier future.”

They will discuss their DST Optimization tool that helps improve efficiency and effectiveness in care management, bid preparation, formulary management and virtually any function across the enterprise. Register Now!

In its “leadership toolkit,” the report offers some of the following recommendations for hospital and health system leaders in their efforts to engage the community:

Drive policy that supports collaboration. Hospitals and the community must work together to incentivize partnerships that get consumers more involved in the system and in their own care, according to the AHA.

Engage in broad-based, ongoing dialogue. “Move outside the hospital’s comfort zone to listen to voices and perspectives that often go unheard in general hospital meetings and planning sessions,” the report states, later providing guidance for how to host “Community Conversation” events.

Use community health need assessments as a planning tool. Hospitals should not just conduct these surveys because they are required, but should use them as a blueprint for how multiple stakeholders can work together to improve population health.

Consider a holistic approach. In the future, the emblematic blue “H” should bring to mind “health” instead of “hospital,” according to the report, noting that reimbursement systems also must change to incentivize keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Hospital leaders can be agents of change by also pursuing “high-performance governance practices” such as building a board-CEO co-leadership partnership; establishing a foundation of trust and effective communication; and defining a clear path for transformation, according to the report.

This is not the first AHA report to emphasize the importance of hospital-community collaboration. The organization released a guide in 2013 for small and rural hospitals to further their efforts to develop effective population health management partnerships, FierceHealthcare previously reported. And in December, the AHA released a comprehensive report that examined best practices from successful health partnerships around the country

Joint MLA-Phil / HSLANJ Annual Meeting

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) and MLA-Phil Chapter invite you to join them for a joint annual meeting!

Speakers:

  • “Two Doctors, Two Generations:  Medical Ethics Then and Now” / Barron H. Lerner, Professor of Medicine & Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • “Bioethics and Library Resources” / Martina Darragh, Deputy Director of Reference, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • “The Evolving Librarian” / Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library; President Elect, Medical Library Association

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 9 am – 5 pm

Where:  New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ – an easy drive with plenty of parking and accessible via public transit

Cost:

  • HSLANJ & Philadelphia Regional Chapter Members: $65
  • Students/Retirees/Between Jobs: $40
  • Non-Members: $100

Register at:  http://www.mlaphil.wildapricot.org/event-1843624

HSLANJ and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter wish to thank the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region for their generous financial support of this joint meeting.

Native Voices Exhibit in Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Falk Library in Pittsburgh, PA will be hosting a new NLM traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, from March 17, 2015 through May 31, 2015.

To promote the exhibit, a few resources have been developed:

Evidence-Based Practice Online CE Course

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course.  Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.

Instructors:  An experienced group of University of Illinois at Chicago instructors from the Library of the Health Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Medical Education will lead the course.  They are:  Sandy DeGroote, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Carmen Howard, MSLS; Emily Johnson, MLIS, Jordan Hupert, MD; and Alan Schwartz, PhD. Course instructors will be available by e-mail to answer questions or provide guidance.

Requirements:  Access to the course is through UIC’s Blackboard system. Once you are registered you will receive a temporary UIC NetID and password for access.  If you are in a hospital environment, you should check with your IT department to determine if there are firewalls that would interfere with your ability to access all aspects of the class.

You will also need:

  • Internet Access
  • Word or Open Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Windows Media Player or comparable media software

A short tutorial is available for those not familiar with Blackboard.  All readings will be available from the course site.  There is no required text, but having one of these texts for reference is recommended:

1.  Straus SE, et al.  Evidence-Based Medicine:  How to Practice and Teach EBM
2.  Badenoch D, Heneghan C.  Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit
3.  Glaxziou P, et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Workbook.

  1. Guyatt G., et al. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.  Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.

Registration

Cost is $150.00.  The course runs from March 16th – April 26th, 2015.  The course is limited to 25 registrants.

To register: https://appserv7.admin.uillinois.edu/FormBuilderSurvey/Survey/UIC_Library/Health_Sciences/Evidence_Based_Practice___Spring_2015/.

You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site.

Payment may be made online or by sending a check for $150.00 made payable to the University of Illinois at Chicago to:

EBP Online – Emama Muhlim

UIC Library of the Health Sciences

MC 763

1750 W. Polk St.

Chicago, Illinois 60612

 

For additional information, please email lib-pref@uic.edu.

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!