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Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Presenter:       Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary:  Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

 

Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 2 MLA CE

Ebola Outbreak Resources from National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

A new web page, Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources, is now available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international and local organizations and individuals providing Ebola outbreak-related services in West Africa, as well as friends and family of people in the affected region. NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/ebola_emergency_access.html

NN/LM MAR Trainings in Albany, NY

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Capital District Library Council

28 Essex Street

Albany, NY 12206

 

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

10 am – Noon

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. This class will increase participants’ skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public. This class is worth 2 MLA CE and qualifies for MLA Level 1 & Level 2 CHIS.

Grants and Proposal Writing

1 – 3 pm

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. This class is worth 2 MLA CE and qualifies for MLA Level 2 CHIS.

Directions: http://www.cdlc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=18

Courses are Free, but registration is required!

To register for these classes, please contact Christopher Tosh at ctosh@cdlc.org

Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

 

When:   Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where: Penn Stater, State College, PA

NOTE:  A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night. Use code

DISK14A. Room block expires Oct. 4th—so reserve your hotel room now!

 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in conjunction with the Altoona Public Library, are partnering to offer a one-day symposium. The goals of the symposium are:

  • To improve workplace readiness and
  • To bring the library community together with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers, and community-based groups charged with disaster-related responsibilities and to provide a forum for discussing roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts

 

Agenda: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_summit2014/

 

Who should attend?: All public library staff, medical library staff, the emergency planning community, and other interested colleagues

 

Cost: $10 per person includes morning break and lunch

 

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/nzlxr7q

 

Apply for an award to attend: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) offers professional development awards to support your registration, travel, and per diem expenses: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html

 

Pre-Symposium Webinar of Interest: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the NN/LM MAR for this informative webinar:

 

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information

 

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/ (Online / No Registration Required)

Presenters:

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine

Summary: Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

NLM Resource Update: Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions Knowledge Path

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University, both of whom are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), released a new knowledge path, Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions. The knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition. The knowledge path covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders.

Topics include: reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors, and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research, and guides on related topics. The knowledge path is available at: http://www.mchlibrary.org/KnowledgePaths/kp_WISH.html

A separate brief presents resources for women and their families. The brief is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/families/frb_WISH.html

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website, social media, or e-news services.

Finding Health Services Research (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Monday, September 8th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenters:

  • Lisa Lang and Patricia Gallagher, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR),  NLM

 

Date / Time:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

 

Summary: Health Reform. Comparative Effectiveness. Quality Improvement. Population Health. PCORI. HIE. ONC. Disparities. Accreditation. Evidence-based public health practice. Both in classic resources and grey literature, these and other topics are among the current foci of health services research. Join Lisa Lang and Patricia Gallagher, of the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of NLM, in a broad yet tool-oriented presentation on the NLM’s resources in support of health services research. The presentation will acquaint both new and experienced visitors to NLM with the web portal Health Services Research Information Central (HSRInfo Central), as well our specialty databases for research in progress (HSRProj) and datasets for HSR (HSRR). Learn about how we can keep you informed of new and important grey literature in this evolving area as well as our structured PubMed searches, and expand your understanding of resources related to health information technology and public health systems and services research.

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Presenter:       Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary:  Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

 

Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 2 MLA CE

Check Out the Latest Issue of the MAReport

Monday, September 8th, 2014

National Medical Librarians Month: MAR Wants to Make You a Star – Win a Trip to MLA 2015!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

October is National Medical Librarians Month.  MAR would like to acknowledge the valuable work our medical librarians do by sharing your accomplishments, programs or value-added services with others.

We are asking you to send us your stories about any unique programs you developed, any outreach to the community you participated in, or any other value added services you offer to your organization or institution.

With your permission, we will share your stories on the MAR website throughout the month of October. Anyone who has made a submission by Oct. 4 will be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas.

We can’t wait to make you a “Star” – submit your story to nnlmmar@pitt.edu today!  (Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but please only one entry per person.)