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Public Health Information on the Web

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Presenter:          Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR (flewkate@pitt.edu)

The class will consist of 3 webinars and practice exercises. Participants who complete all activities will receive 4 MLA CE.

Webinars:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 10 – 11 am (ET) / Health Promotion and Education
Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 10 – 11 am (ET) / Evidence-Based Public Health
Tuesday, July 22, 2014: 10 – 11 am (ET) / Data & Statistics and Keeping Informed

Details:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=27

Where:               Online

Summary:          This is a free online course for public health professionals and librarians. The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines including health education, epidemiology and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies for the 21st century. This hands-on class will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce.
Participants will be able to:

  •     Discuss the role of information in the public health environment
  •     Identify resources to support health education and promotional programs and activities
  •     Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  •     Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on a state, local and national level
  •     Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health

New Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Check out the Spring 2014 issue of our newsletter, The MAReporthttp://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/.

NOTE:  We encourage you to subscribe so MAReport will be delivered to your inbox.

To subscribehttp://www.hsls.pitt.edu/www/updatenewsletterlist/?p=subscribe&id=3

We Like to Share the News about Your Achievements

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

  • Have you published an article recently?
  • Have you received an award?
  • Are you presenting at MLA?

We’d love to hear what you’re doing. Then we’ll share your news in our MAR weekly postings.                       Send your announcements to mjharvey@pitt.edu.

NLM Request for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $40,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Friday, July 11, 2014.

The solicitation for the 2014 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Full and Open:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=72096960b3a499911a1c11cba24f8334&tab=core&_cview=0

Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=58c7ca4bbb0feb9c38579a930c85cb53&tab=core&_cview=1

Primary Point of Contact:

Elena Leon

Contract Specialist

chaparre@mail.nlm.nih.gov

Phone: 301.435.4394

Fax: 301.402.8169

Secondary Point of Contact :

Robin Hope

Branch Chief, Contracting Officer

Robin.Hope@nih.gov

Phone: 301.496.6546

Fax: 301.402.8169

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2014 RFQ.

Archive Available of “Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth”

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/technology-planning-for-ehealth.html

Call For Abstracts: 2014 Pennsylvania Public Health Association and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Conference

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) announce a one-day conference, A View to the Future: Policy and Practice Impacts on Community and Public Health, which will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations. Abstracts are now being accepted on topics that address:

• The use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health;

• Innovations in achieving Healthy People 2020 goals;

• Improvements in community and public health indicators;

• Initiatives that address health care reform; and

• Best practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations

The Call for Abstracts can be downloaded here.

The conference will be held on October 2, 2014 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.

For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at 814-863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

Disaster Research Response Workshop: Enabling Public Health Research During Disasters

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A Disaster Research Response Workshop: Enabling Public Health Research During Disasters will be held June 12-13, 2014 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD. For details, agenda, and free registration, see http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/MedPrep/2014-JUN-13.aspx.

This workshop will examine strategies and partnerships for methodologically and ethically sound public health and medical research during future emergencies. Discussions will include  issues with obtaining informed consent, obtaining approval from Institutional Review Boards, coordinating research efforts with emergency response, and ensuring timely collection of data.

The workshop is a collaboration of the NIH Disaster Research Response Project, the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NIH Disaster Research Response Project [http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dr2/disasterresearch.html] is a pilot project led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), aimed at developing ready-to-go research data collection tools and a network of trained research responders.

The project’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for researchers to begin collecting health and other data following a major disaster. The focus is on data collection tools and protocols, the creation of networks of health experts also trained as research responders, and integration of the effort into federal response plans for future disasters. Although initially focused on environmental health issues, the hope is this project will be a model for timely collection of data supporting a range of medical and public health research.

As part of this project, NIEHS recently held a tabletop exercise in Long Beach, CA to test how a “research response” might work and what would be expected of researchers choosing to be trained research responders, i.e. first on the scene to begin collecting data once it is safe and reasonable to do so. The article “Tsunami exercise helps prepare research community for disaster response” [http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2014/5/spotlight-tsunami/] describes the exercise and there’s also a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcfxLmfXUE4&feature=youtu.be&a.

Disaster Lit: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (from NLM) now includes records for research tools, such as online surveys and interview scripts, to aid researchers in quickly selecting appropriate measures, http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=dr2&search=Search.

 

Submitted by Cindy Love

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

cindy_love@nlm.nih.gov

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Riding the Mobile Wave: Use of Social Media and mHealth Tools in Local Health Departments

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:    Riding the Mobile Wave: Use of Social Media and mHealth Tools in Local Health Departments

SPEAKERS: 

Many local health departments are not fully using social media and mobile health (mHealth) tools due to lack of resources and support. Sara Rubin, senior program analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will talk about a study conducted by NACCHO and the UPMC Center for Health Security that identified the organizational factors local health departments need to support their use of these tools in preparedness and response activities. Andrew Roszak, Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO, will then share some other recent NACCHO initiatives, including the radiation emergency projects in several jurisdictions.  Will be of great interest to librarians who work with their local health departments or who are looking for ways to become more involved!

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 12, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.

A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Acrobat Connect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Hope you can join us!

Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

AHRQ Annual Report

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its 11th annual report on health care quality and disparities. The findings indicate slow improvement in the quality of care overall, with worsening access and little to no improvement in health care disparities for minorities and groups with lower socioeconomic status.

http://ow.ly/xl0uQ

MAR Announces a New Array of Classes

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

As of May 1st, we started the 4th year of our contract. We have updated our LibGuide with details for all of the classes we can potentially offer for the year. You will see classes arranged using many of the same audience groups found on our MAR website: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_classes

You will find classes for the following audiences and subject areas:

Many classes are listed under multiple subjects, depending on the content.             Here is our current Course Schedule. If your organization is interested in having MAR offer a particular class, please email us at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.