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Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

The Western Region and Central New York Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition would like to invite you to the 2015 Health Coalition Emergency Management Workshop scheduled on May 5, 2015 in Farmington, NY.  The workshop focus is “Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals.”

2015 Health Coalition Emergency Management Workshop: Trauma REACH
Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals
DATE: May 5, 2015 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
LOCATION: Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack’s Meeting and Conference Center, Farmington, NY
REGISTRATION FEE: $45.00 (includes access to all sessions, certificates, continental breakfast, lunch & breaks)
REGISTER BY: April 20, 2015
Workshop Details & Registration: https://2015t-reach.eventbrite.com
WORKSHOP AGENDA (timeline speakers and topics subject to change)

The overarching goal of the annual Health Emergency Management Workshop is to better prepare hospital and non-hospital response partners in planning, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters that impact the delivery of health care in a community or impact the environment of care for responders. The focus of the 2015 Workshop is Trauma Management for Rural EMS And Community Hospitals (T-REACH). The goal of the workshop is to enhance knowledge in the management of multi-injured patients and to understand the importance of working as a team of professionals in caring for patients with life-threatening traumatic injuries in the rural EMS setting and community hospitals. Relevant information and stimulated discussions will focus on best practices in the management of trauma/disaster patients.

At this workshop you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the New York State trauma system and the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT’s) verification process for NYS
  • Define the “golden period” in trauma care and how transport measures (helicopter and ground transport) are an integral part of the regional trauma system
  • Recognize priorities and protocol shifts in the initial assessment, transport and management of suspected spinal injuries
  • Distinguish characteristics of the pediatric trauma patient
  • Understand preparation needed to respond to Amish or Mennonite scenes and how to interact with “Old Order” communities
  • Appreciate the impact of a natural disaster on the healthcare community through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned from Snowvember 2014
  • Identify regional trauma center resources for continued outreach opportunities

Presented by:

  • Erie County Medical Center – Western New York Regional Trauma Center
  • University of Rochester Medical Center – Kessler Trauma Center
  • Upstate University Hospital – Central New York Regional Trauma Center

Sponsored by:

  • University of Rochester Medical Center – Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
  • New York State Department of Health – Western Region Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition
  • Central New York Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition

In Partnership With: New York State Committee on Trauma

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Presenters:

Project:  Body Apps: iPads for Undergrad Anatomy & Physiology Students
Awardee:  Valerie Lynn / Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA

Project:  Healthy Libraries, Health Communities
Awardees:  Nora Hardy / South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, NY

Project:  Medical Library Technology Upgrade and Expansion
Awardee:  Claire Joseph / Jules Redish Memorial Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY

Details on each project available at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/lunch_schedule.html

Date / Time:  March 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Classes in Plattsburgh, NY

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 31st / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/Register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=31

Summary:  Audience: Information Professionals (3 MLA CEs)
Responding to mental health reference questions is challenging for even the most experienced librarian. In this class, participants will learn how to effectively provide reference services for mental health information for the public. Participants will learn the best websites, databases and collection development materials to respond to mental health related questions. Best approaches to handling challenging reference interviews will be explored. Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of mental health issues
  2. Learn best approaches to consumer health reference interviews about mental health information
  3. Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

 

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 31st / 1 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/RegisterRegister. Please contact Julie Wever at CEFLS to register by telephone: 563-5190 x 18 or email: wever@cefls.org

Summary:  3 MLA CEs: http://cech.mlanet.org/node/567

NLM Resource Update: ToxLearn Module II Now Available

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) ToxLearn, Module II: Cells and Tissues: Injury and Repair is now available. It offers an introduction to biological molecules, cells, tissues, and organs, and to how they might be affected by toxicants. It also explains principles of cell damage and tissue repair and reviews physiological and morphological changes.

Created in partnership with the Society of Toxicology, ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to basic principles of toxicology. It can be used as a supplementary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course and can assist users in interpreting search retrieval from NLM’s TOXNET databases.

ToxLearn Module I: Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response is also available. ToxLearn Modules 1 and 2 update some of the information in the earlier Tox Tutor.

IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology.

The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website.

For more information, registration, and webcast please visit: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-MAR-24.aspx

The topics to be covered include:

  • Health Literate Digital Design and Strategies
  • Design specifications for apps
  • The Federal Digital Strategy and Health Literacy
  • Patient Portals
  • Catalyzing Widespread Informed Engagement
  • Skills needed by Health Professionals to interface with consumers around consumer generated information?
  • Incentives for Consumer Engagement
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Health IT and Select Populations
  • Issues and Use in Native American Populations
  • Mobile Technologies for Pregnant Women and New Mothers
  • Lessons Learned from the Workshop: Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can tune in to the live webcast at that time.

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Friday, March 13th, 2015

As announced in the Federal Register, the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is now available. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments to the federal government on the Advisory Report. Written comments will be accepted online through midnight EDT on April 8, 2015.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years. HHS and USDA will host a public oral comment meeting on March 24, 2015. Meeting registration is now open, and the meeting agenda is available. Please direct all media inquiries to ASHMedia@hhs.gov or call (202) 205-0143.

MAR-Funded Study Needs Primary Care Providers to Test and Use a Clinical Information Tool

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web-based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point-of-care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community-based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a website to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web-based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this website or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at (412) 648-8730 or by email at cbw@pitt.edu.

Charles B. Wessel, M.L.S.

Head of Research & Reference Initiatives

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.

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.

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.