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NLM’s Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) Rebranded as HealthReach

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) resource was a national collaborative partnership with the principal focus of creating and making available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. In October 2014, NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach.

This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations. Over the next several months new resources will be added to the website. There is also a new Twitter feed, @NLM_HealthReach. There isn’t much change between the old RHIN and the new HealthReach; this was intentional to help with the continuity of service through the transition.

New York Public Radio and The New York Academy of Medicine Recapture a Piece of American Medical and Broadcast History

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

New York Public Radio and The New York Academy of Medicine Recapture a Piece of American Medical and Broadcast History

Launch Digital Archive of 1950s Radio Broadcasts on Health and Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and New York Public Radio (NYPR) have digitized and released a treasure trove of 1950s WNYC radio broadcasts that feature significant voices from the past and provide a unique view of the medical and health concerns of American in the 1950s. The broadcasts brought lectures from the groundbreaking NYAM series Lectures to the Laity and For Doctors Only out of the halls of the Academy to a broad public audience, offering a new form of access to timely discussions on medicine, health, and culture.

The 40 digitized lectures and talks are part of a collaboration between NYAM and WNYC, which was then owned and operated by the city. Highlights include talks featuring Leona Baumgartner, New York City’s first woman health commissioner; cancer pioneer Sydney Farber; American microbiologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author René Dubos; acclaimed anthropologist and social critic Margaret Mead; Norbert Wiener, father of cybernetics; and discussion of the Freud Centenary and Lincoln’s doctors.

“NYAM’s innovative partnership with WNYC in the 1950s brought important medical discussions out of the Academy’s rooms and into the public’s living rooms,” said Lisa O’Sullivan, PhD, Director of the NYAM Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health. “Today, NYAM remains committed to making the history of medicine accessible to broad public audiences, and we are extremely pleased to partner with New York Public Radio to release this digital collection.”

“The combination of expertise has made for a project with perfect synergy,” said Andy Lanset, Director of Archives, New York Public Radio. “We’re thrilled to make such important recordings available to both the scientific/medical community, and the public at large.”

These lectures are drawn from the more than 1,500 original lacquer discs transferred from NYAM to the NYPR Archives in 2008. The digitization and cataloging resulted from a joint project between NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health and the NYPR Archives, with a grant from METRO, the New York Metropolitan Library Council.

NYAM and WNYC began their radio relationship in 1946 with the launch of The Laity Lectures, later to become Lectures to the Laity, a popular series of Academy lectures and talks on culture and medicine that had started in 1935. By mid-1950, this series was joined by For Doctors Only, which aimed to bring “the best of the meetings, conferences, roundtable discussions held at the academy” to the medical profession. On its debut broadcast of July 27, 1950, The New York Times called it “an epochal advance in the educational use of radio.” The New York World-Telegram and Sun referred to it as a “bold venture” and “enterprising” in the interest of good health for millions of people. For Doctors Only also addressed critical analysis of issues of society and medicine, as well as the application of the social sciences to medicine, and provided academic presentations in the history of medicine.

The lectures are available on WNYC’s website. Individual titles are also available through NYAM’s library catalog.

Paul Theerman, PhD

Associate Director

Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health

New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY, 10029

212.822.7350

http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/

Ebola Videos in American Sign Language

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

NNLM friends,

Today we published our Ebola videos in American Sign Language (based on information provided by the CDC) that we created in partnership with the Ohio State University.  Would you be interested in helping us spread this information to the hospitals and medical libraries in your regions (as well as to other NN/LM regions).  Hospitals and medical libraries can contact Jeff Wolfe (Jeff@DeafHealth.org) with any questions.

The website is: DeafHealth.org/diseases/ebola

Thank you,

Casey Davis

Founder, www.DeafHealth.org

Webinar: Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the U.S. are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies. The discussion will be on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

When:   Friday, October 31st / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Leaders from:

  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS
  • Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS
  • Department of Transportation

How:  Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Audio streaming for this call is also available at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=881903&s=1&k=9993B9653B997A940CA3801B5A9E9D4F

HHS held two previous calls, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola, on October 9th and October 20th.  Auto replays and transcripts of these calls are available at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx for your reference.

Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (eocreport@cdc.gov).

Ebola Webinars and More

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response:  What Every Nurse Needs to Know!

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Tuesday, October 28th / 1:00 pm (ET)

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care.  This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876357&sessionid=1&key=DA6329A9C22C23BA0036F2237092C24E&sourcepage=register

Webinar:  Lessons Learned from Texas:  How You Can Help with the Ebola Threat

Texas Nurses Association / Texas Organization for Executive Nurses / American Nurses Association

Thursday, October 30th / 1:00 pm (ET)

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September.  The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves.  This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876407&sessionid=1&key=0CFA0456213478871C0F3045B4DA70DC&sourcepage=register

FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.  The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA.  This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released:  http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/ucm161496.htm#ebola

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&SourceID[]=128

Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage.”  The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.”  This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs:  http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/10/paloma-and-alisha-the-information-gurus-behind-the-u-s-ebola-response/

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance during the Open Enrollment Period (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / 10:30 – 11:30 am (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015.  This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.  Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options.  This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • This session will be meeting on a Tuesday, rather than our typical Thursday time slot
  • We will offer 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit for this single session

Navigating Health Information for Community Colleges

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

Date / Time:  Offered 2 different dates—choose the date/time you prefer

Thursday, November 13th / 1 – 2:30 pm (ET)

Wednesday, November 19th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=641

Summary:  This class is for community college librarians to learn more about how their students can research the health literature, find consumer health information, and to learn about mobile apps/social media to find what they need. The class includes introductions to PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Updated CDC Guidance

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html
(this guidance was updated 18 Oct 2014)

Though these recommendations focus on the hospital setting, the recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any healthcare setting. In this guidance healthcare personnel (HCP) refers all persons, paid and unpaid, working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or aerosols generated during certain medical procedures.

The CDC is developing NEW PPE recommendations & as soon as they are published they will be pushed out.

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE/RECOMMENDATIONS:

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/guidance-safe-handling-human-remains-ebola-patients-us-hospitals-mortuaries.html
(updated 8 Oct 2014)

Ebola Medical Waste Management
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/medical-waste-management.html
(updated 11 Oct 2014)

Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/patient-management-us-hospitals.html
(updated 15 Oct 2014)

Travel Grants to CDC for Ebola Safety Training

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Travel Grants to Healthcare Workers Attending CDC Ebola Safety Training Courses http://www.isid.org/grants/grant_ebola_training_travel.shtml

ISID (International Society for Infectious Diseases) is deeply concerned about the tragic outbreak of Ebola virus disease currently occurring in West Africa. In response to this crisis, ISID is offering travel grants to individuals who are attending one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety training courses to be prepared to work in an Ebola treatment unit in West Africa. The 3-day courses will take place at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. The courses are open to healthcare workers from all over the world. The first course starts on Oct 6, 2014. Courses are free, but participants are responsible for paying for their own travel to the course in Alabama. The courses will help prepare healthcare personnel to provide medical care to Ebola patients in an Ebola Treatment Unit that has been established and is staffed by MSF personnel, or in a facility that maintains MSF standards of care, or in an Ebola Treatment Unit established and staffed by WHO personnel.

ISID Travel Grants of $500 each will be awarded to U.S. residents and $1000 to residents of other countries.

When and where will the course be held?

The 3-day course will run most weeks, usually Monday thru Wednesday, at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) http://cdp.dhs.gov/ in Anniston, Alabama, a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, GA. Sessions will begin on October 6, 2014. The course will be suspended during weeks containing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays; it may be suspended intermittently to revise course content and delivery.  Depending on demand, the course may be offered for longer than 3 months.

For more information about the CDC training course, see: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/safety-training-course/index.html

Ebola Information for Children and Families

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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.