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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
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.
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Presenter: Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries / Pennsylvania Library Association
Date / Time: Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Summary: This webinar will introduce PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an action plan designed to communicate libraries’ essential role in preparing citizens to meet the demands of life. Libraries can help solve some of our society’s biggest economic and social challenges, and that includes the health of our citizens. Research shows that nothing – not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial and ethnic background – affects health status more than literacy skills. Through print and online resources, public programs, community outreach services, and on-staff information experts, libraries help people learn healthy habits, make healthier decisions, and actively manage their own and their family’s well-being.
We will share information about PA Forward’s focus on health literacy and four other essential literacies, its partnerships with eight statewide healthcare organizations, and the high-tech and high-touch ways libraries link citizens of all ages to the most reliable information available to help them prevent disease and manage their health.
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Steps Toward a Healthier Life
Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.
Understanding a Complicated Condition
Parkinson’s disease can rob a person of the ability to do everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. There’s no cure, but treatment can help.
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Next week is the New Jersey State Conference on EMS in Atlantic City, NJ.
During the pre-conference, they are offering a free Ebola Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training Course:
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This two-hour course is intended to train emergency medical services personnel in the proper utilization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when responding to suspect cases of Ebola. This session will be offered twice at the times below (choose one to attend):
- Session 1 / 1:30 – 3:30 pm
- Session 2 / 3:30 – 5:30 pm
NOTE that there is a 50 person limit for each session. The training is free; however, you must be pre-registered for the training to be admitted.
Register: CLICK HERE
For more information, download the complete Conference brochure: www.NJEMSConference.com
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.
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
Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10029
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Noon to 1 pm (ET)
Presenters: Kathleen Annala, Co-founder of Archetype Innovations, LLC and Carolyn Schubert, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University
Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier at email@example.com.
Summary: Many health sciences librarians are active in an advisory capacity to faculty curriculum committees as well partners with school faculty in developing specific course content. At the same time, curriculum developers in health sciences education including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and medical coding now recognize that health care information technology (HIT) is an important component in the educational outcomes of future clinicians. Although there are other academic electronic health records (EHRs) in the marketplace, this exciting webinar will explore two EHRs in use today by health sciences schools, colleges and universities: Neehr Perfect and Sim Chart.
Two facts make academic EHRs different than ones deployed in actual patient care are:
- Academic EHRs usually integrate with a college or university’s learning management system (LMS) which is an important instruction and education tool for faculty and students
- Academic EHRs are not HIPAA compliant and do not require certification as delegated by the Office of the National Coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services
Biographical Sketch: Kathleen Annala, MA, RN, President & Chief Operating Officer, Archetype Innovations, LLC, Duluth, MN
Kathleen Annala is the owner of Archetype Innovations, an educational technology company that designs and supports EHR systems for educational use. Kathleen began her work designing EHRs for educational use over 15 years ago at the College of St. Scholastica where she was a professor of nursing and founding member of the nation’s first project to develop an EHR that could be used as an educational tool. She taught students with an educational EHR that she helped create and has been improving upon EHRs ever since. After teaming up with Archetype Innovations to design the “perfect” educational EHR, Neehr Perfect was released in 2009.
Summary: Kathleen will discuss the key features of an educational EHR and show how faculty and students simulate clinical practice and develop EHR competencies in an academic environment using Neehr Perfect. She will also discuss ways Neehr Perfect is customized with patient scenarios, documentation forms, references, resources and training tools to give students hands on experience with the type of patients, data and point-of-care opportunities available with EHR technology in healthcare.
Biographical Sketch: Carolyn Schubert, MLS, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Carolyn Schubert teaches a course titled “Introduction to Informatics for Health Care Professionals.” Recent publications include the book chapter “What is Biomedical Informatics? An Overview and a Case Study” in the book Curriculum-Based Library Instruction. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, educational technologies and instruction, and scholarly communication.
Summary: Carolyn will discuss her training in Sim Chart, give a short demo of some of its functionality, speak about student perspectives with some insight on the faculty’s perspective and provide an overview of how it was incorporated into the University’s nursing curriculum. She received vendor-supplied training on Sim Chart alongside Nursing faculty. She has been given access to use and evaluate the system in relation to the library’s iPad program and point-of-care resources. She also uses other systems, such as Practice Fusion when teaching students about electronic health records.
Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.
What do you need to join this conference?
- A computer (with Flash installed)
- A telephone
How do I connect?
Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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