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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All of us in MAR would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Sue Burke, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, Missy Harvey, and Tristan Lucchetti

Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has a new guide addressing the challenges of healthcare access in rural areas and ways communities and policymakers can address these needs. Areas covered include workforce shortages, health insurance status, distance and transportation, poor health literacy and the stigma of certain conditions like mental health or substance abuse.

Check Out Our Fall Issue of The MAReport!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Webinar: Preparing your Healthcare System for Ebola

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today, Friday, November 21 / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Hospital based emergency providers are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on preparing for possible Ebola cases. During this call, leaders will discuss the evaluation and management of patients who present with possible Ebola Virus Disease and provide an overview of the “Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease” guidance and algorithm (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ed-management-patients-possible-ebola.html). This call will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide comments and ask questions.

Dial-in Information: Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Webinar: Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Monday, November 24 / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Health care organizations across the country are preparing to respond to the possibility of Ebola cases in their communities. Several U.S. hospitals have treated patients with the disease and can provide important information to other health care workers related to personal protective equipment, staffing models, and critical care nursing. During this Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, clinicians will learn about the clinical management experiences of nurses who cared for patients with Ebola at Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center.

Participate by Phone:

* U.S. Callers:  888-972-6898.  Passcode:5076538

* International Callers: 630-395-0194.  Passcode:5076538

Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: (Listen only): http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=897795&s=1&k=6DF1465EA1BB9109F0973F486C334C3C

For more information, please see the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_112414.asp

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Webinars and Calls: http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx

Toward an AIDS-Free Generation: Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment for People Living with HIV

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The webinar will feature HIV and viral hepatitis leaders from CDC and HRSA as well as individuals from CMS and the HHS Secretary’s Office who are leading ACA enrollment outreach for communities of color. The speakers will highlight benefits of the healthcare law for people at risk for or living with HIV or viral hepatitis, and highlight resources available to assist stakeholders in Marketplace outreach and enrollment efforts, particularly among communities of color and other populations disproportionately impacted by HIV and viral hepatitis. Designed to share information with HIV and viral hepatitis service providers, community-based organizations, Federal staff, and others, the webinar will take place on Monday, November 24 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is now open at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/146904594.

New York Academy of Medicine’s Grey Literature Report

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report in Public Health has been published today. There are 210 new records.

You can find it at: http://www.greylit.org/reports/current. The items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2014, click on the Date of Publication link.

This report’s main focus is on Smoking and the Affordable Care Act, with a secondary focus on the Ebola Virus with supplemental reports on health in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

We look forward to any comments and questions you may have about the Grey Literature Report in Public Health. Please contact us: greylithelp@nyam.org.

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team
The New York Academy of Medicine

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November is National Native American Heritage Month

Friday, November 14th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress.

Health Concerns American Indians and Alaska Natives have a unique relationship with the federal government. Tribes exist as sovereign entities, but federally recognized tribes are entitled to health and educational services provided by the federal government. Though the Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with serving the health needs of these populations, more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives do not permanently reside on a reservation, and therefore have limited or no access to IHS services. Though often referred to as a singular group, American Indians and Alaska Natives represent diverse cultures, languages and customs unique to each community. Health challenges, however, have not been as unique with many Native American communities similarly experiencing the harsh impact of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke and infant mortality.

Profile: American Indian and Alaska Native Health Statistics by Disease Leading Causes of Death Other Critical Health Issues Find Journals and Publications Affordable Care Act and Native Americans The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care quality and coordination. The ACA also includes permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act , which extends the current law and authorizes new programs and services within the Indian Health Service.

More about the Affordable Care Act and Native Americans Fact sheet: The ACA and American Indian and Alaska Native People

Our Work Delivery of health services and funding of programs to maintain and improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives are consonant with the federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with Indian Tribes. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports research on improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program Grantees All grants and cooperative agreements American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Initiative Awards (TIHA) Native Generations , an infant mortality awareness campaign Circle of Life , a multimedia HIV/AIDS/STI curriculum for Native youth National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Ways to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Educate yourself! Read up on the history of the Native people of the Americas and the creation of Native American History Month.

Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among Native American communities.

Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options now available to you and your family and spread the word.

Share your story! How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month? What’s happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us throughout the month.

From the Office of Minority Health

New Interactive Tool Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends.

The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.