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Announcing a New Online Webinar Series: Focus on NLM Resources

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAR is pleased to announce our new bi-monthly series.  Learn about what we have in store for the future:

First Session:  PubMed Health

Presenter: Hilda Bastian, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required /

Summary:  Hilda has been the editor responsible for PubMed Health at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM since 2011. Previously, she headed the Health Information Department at the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) (2004-2011). Hilda first became involved in health as a health consumer advocate in the 1980s, serving as Chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia (1997-2001). She has been participating in and communicating the results of systematic reviews since the early 1990s, when she helped establish the Cochrane Collaboration.

PubMed Health Systematic Reviews

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Abstract display for PubMed clinical trial citations may now include a ”Cited by systematic reviews” portlet if the trial is cited in a PubMed Health systematic review:

Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Webinar Title: Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Toll Free Number: 888-325-0345 / Participant passcode: 813-1392

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Conference number: PW4462938 / Audience passcode: 8131392

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Objective: Co-sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Administration for Community Living (ACL), this webinar will provide information to assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters.  Family caregivers have a responsibility of caring for loved ones with health or functional needs, making it important for them to develop a personal preparedness plan as well as a plan for individuals they support.  Examples include family caregivers who are responsible for the care of children with Developmental Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders, Older Americans who are medically fragile, and persons who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Information provided in this webinar will highlight the unique needs of disaster preparedness planning for these particularly vulnerable populations and considerations for developing and maintaining an emergency plan for both the caregiver and their loved one.

A brief Introduction to Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers will be provided by Dr. Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Team Lead, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), ASPR and Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist/Team-Lead, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, ACL.


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy: Challenges of Sheltering in Place for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs including Autism, Peg Kinsell, Director of Public Policy, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey

Supporting Older Americans who are Medically Fragile, Della Sanchez, LGSW, AL Cares Coordinator, Support for Caregivers, SARPC/Area Agency on Aging, Mobile, Alabama

Lessons Learned from 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy for Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Jed Levine, Executive Vice President, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter

Facilitated discussion with the panelists will be led by Iris Terashima, developer and trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens.

NLM e-Clips (February 2014)

Friday, February 28th, 2014


List of Serials Indexed for Online Users, 2014 Available in XML:

NLM Announces “Native Voices” Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans:

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award:

NLM’s Jerry Sheehan Receives CENDI Meritorious Service Award:

SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM Map Updated:


Boosting Drug Recovery:

CT Scans Recommended for Heavy Smokers:

Flu Season Insights:

Organic Milk’s Health Benefits:


Examining the Civil War’s toll:

Health Literacy Day at the East Brunswick [NJ] Library:

Health Sciences Libraries Vital to Patient Care:

Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”:

NLM Launches “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”:

PubMed app results in tremendous gains in traffic:

The Confusing and At-Times Counterproductive 1980s Response to the AIDS Epidemic:

Tin masks to fixed faces: plastic surgery’s debt to World War I:

Watch Gene Kelly Channel “Combat Fatigue Irritability” in a WWII Navy Training Film:

What We’re Reading [see “More on the Flu”]:


Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on South Central Region:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Libraries (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, February 21st, 2014


  • Kelly Ayala, Community Relations Officer, USCIS, Newark, NJ
  • Carla Pendino, Community Relations Officer, USICS, Philadelphia, PA

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 27, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

SummaryDo you have library patrons needing immigration information or services?  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for administering immigration and naturalization services and benefits.  Our speakers will provide an overview of the role of USCIS and customer service tools, including how to contact USCIS, check on case status, obtain a form, and where to refer individuals seeking legal assistance.

They will also provide insight into the Community Relations Program, including information about hosting a Naturalization Information Session, ordering a free Citizenship Toolkit, setting up an “Immigration Corner” within your library, and taking a look at the USCIS online Citizenship Resource Center.

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IOM Report: Programs to Prevent Psychological Disorders in Military Members

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A new report from the Institute of Medicine, released on Thursday, assessed “efforts to evaluate and improve psychological health services for military members and their families.” The review panel said that DOD, “…should develop, track, and evaluate programs based on scientific evidence to ensure their effectiveness… DOD has implemented numerous resilience and prevention programs — mostly focused on individual-level interventions — that address various aspects of psychological health.  While some of these programs have demonstrated effectiveness, many are not evidence-based and are evaluated infrequently.”

Physicians Called to Advance Health Literate Organizations

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Journal of General Internal Medicine published a commentary this month that gives physicians guidance on their role in implementing health literate health care organizations. Physicians’ responsibilities to address health literacy are not restricted to improving the clinical encounter, declared authors Cindy Brach, Benard Dreyer, and Dean Schillinger. For health care organizations to become health literate, physicians must also be willing to serve as health literacy champions.

The authors detail actions physicians can take to implement each of the ten attributes of health literate health care organizations, as described in an Institute of Medicine discussion paper by Brach et al. The article also points readers to the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help physicians lead their practices in implementing health literacy universal precautions.

Access the commentary, Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action at:

To access Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations, go to:

To access the Health Literacy Universal PrecautionsToolkit, go to:

February NIH News in Health

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Check out the February issue <> of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Stop the Spread of Superbugs

Help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria <

Antibiotics can destroy many types of bacteria that can make us sick. Sadly, our overuse of antibiotics is helping to create new drug-resistant “superbugs” that are difficult to defeat

Gripped by Gout

Avoiding the Ache and Agony <>

Sudden, painful swelling at the base of the big toe is often the first warning sign of gout. It can affect other joints as well. The good news is, most types of gout are treatable, especially if caught early.

Health Capsules:

*   Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk <>

*   Caring for a Seriously Ill Child <>

*   Featured Website: NIDA for Teens <>

Visit our Facebook page <> to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us <> or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

HL7, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval and Libraries

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Beyond the SEA – February 19, 2014 – HL7, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval and Libraries

TIME:  Noon – 1:30 PM

This is an exciting opportunity for health sciences librarians to learn what major online publishers are doing to ensure a smooth transition.

Calendar year 2014 ushers in Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 <> – advanced clinical processes for hospitals utilizing certified electronic health record systems (EHRs). Publishers (and EHR vendors) are putting appropriate platforms in place for clinical decision support resources so that EHRs certified <> for MU Stage 2 and associated hospitals can complete CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) attestation <> requirements for the transmission of patient-specific information. EHR technology that has been certified for the 2014 Edition standards/certification criteria will have been tested for enhanced CQM-related capabilities which means that eligible hospitals will be required to report using the new 2014 CQM criteria <> regardless of whether they are participating in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of MU Incentive Programs. The MU Stage 2 Core Criterion Number 5’s <> objective is to, “use clinical decision support to improve performance on high priority health conditions” via the HL7 Version 3 Standard <> should interest librarians, because the criterion requires clinical users of EHRs to functionally interact with diagnostic and therapeutic reference resources in a patient specific, context-aware manner.


Deborah Breen

EBSCO Information Services – Senior Director of Medical Market Development

Ms. Breen is responsible for product management and market strategy for EBSCO’s evidence-based point-of-care product lines. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare technology market with a strong knowledge of integration, implementation and change management within hospitals and healthcare organizations. Breen joined EBSCO in 2006 and has led the effort to ensure all EBSCO Health products meet data and interoperability needs within clinical systems while ensuring compliance to clinical decision support standards such the Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard and Meaningful Use.

Michelle Troseth, RN

Elsevier Clinical Solutions: Chief Professional Practice Officer

Ms. Troseth provides clinical leadership and engagement strategies both to Elsevier clients as well as a contributing thought leader in the healthcare community. She has over 25 years of experience focused on large-scale healthcare transformations.

Chrissy Haltermann

Technical Product Manager: Elsevier lead on HL7 Infobutton technologies

Ms. Haltermann will demo the Elsevier infobutton

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ACA and Resource Update from Health Happens in Libraries

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The current enrollment period for individuals seeking health care coverage in the health insurance marketplace is still open! There are many resources to support organizations and individuals in obtaining the information they need about this component of the Affordable Care Act. The following resources are intended to support libraries as they develop their own priorities for responding to patron inquiries in this area.

Do you have questions or input about libraries supporting community health information needs? Email us at any time! Thanks for your continued interest in Health Happens in Libraries, and for supporting our efforts to connect libraries with useful health information resources.