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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:

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 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

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:  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:  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: 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  or contact the Course Director at

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

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:

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, 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.

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.


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

To register:

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