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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay

More than 1,514 campuses nationwide have a 100% smoke- or tobacco-free policy in place. Through the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and the TFCCI Challenge, the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is encouraging campuses to take a 1Day Stand on March 18 to celebrate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay (KBD)! Building on KBD’s mission of helping people kick the habit for one day, the 1Day Stand calls upon college campuses to adopt a tobacco-free policy for one day.

By hosting a 1Day Stand event at your campus, you can start a conversation that ends in a safer and healthier campus for all. The goals for the event are to:

  • Encourage students who use tobacco to quit for the day, with an aim to quit for good
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of tobacco-free campus policies
  • Promote the adoption of permanent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies

Is your campus taking a 1Day Stand on March 18? If so, please register your event to receive updates and information. Click HERE to register.

For questions related to the 1Day Stand, please contact tobaccofreecampuses@gmail.com.

Note: If your campus has Spring Break or is otherwise unable to participate on March 18, we are encouraging campuses to identify an “alternate” date within the month of March or early April to celebrate the 1DayStand. Do not hesitate to sign up!

For 1Day Stand materials and more information:  www.1DayStand.org

More information about the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and TFCCI Challenge can be found at: www.tobaccofreecampus.org/regional-challenge.

Qualitative Evaluation Week

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) just concluded a week-long blog theme about qualitative evaluation, which we’ve summarized below for your reference and to consider as part of your own assessment efforts:

  1. The Role of Context – the authors of this entry previously shared five high quality elements of qualitative evaluation, and this entry referenced them while emphasizing the need for evaluators to understand what role setting, relationships, and other context factors play in data as well.
  2. Purposeful Sampling – a great explanation on why to avoid convenience sampling (interviewing people because they happen to be around) and using caution with your qualitative evaluation terminology to consider not using the word ‘sampling’ due to people’s association of it with random probability.
  3. Interviewing People who are Challenging – establishing rapport leads to good qualitative data, but what does an interviewer do if there seems to be conflict with the interviewee? Details about how to manage your own feelings and approach with a curious mindset are very helpful!
  4. Asking Stupid Questions – this example from a bilingual HIV/AIDS training is especially insightful about the importance of clarifying sexual terms, putting aside concerns the evaluator may have about looking ‘stupid,’ and outcomes that led to deeper engagement and discussion from the group.
  5. Practical Qualitative Analysis – many helpful tips and lessons shared, including the reminder of being sure to group our participants’ responses that answer the same question together even if these replies come from different parts of the survey or interview.
  6. Providing Descriptions – sometimes there are concerns expressed that evaluation is ‘only looking at the negative,’ and by including full details about your qualitative inquiry collection and analysis as an additional resource or appendix you can help explain the steps of the process that otherwise may not be evident.

Need more information about qualitative and other types of evaluation? The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) has resources available including our Tools and Resources for Evaluation guide and our freely available Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach booklet series.

Job Ad: Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

LIBRARIAN, FULL TIME, FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER – Job Opening ID: 14187

Institute for Cancer Research

Fox Chase Cancer Center – ICR

You can view and apply for this job at:  https://hr.templehealth.org

Job Ad: Data Services Librarian, New York, NY

The New York University Libraries is looking for a Data Services Librarian.

This position is based at our Bobst Library, located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City.  More information on the position can be found on our website at http://library.nyu.edu/about/jobs.html#DSL.

Job Ad: NIH Librarian, Bethesda, MD

https://macmla.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/job-posting-librarian-nih-bethesda-md-2/

Teleconference Today—Interested in Leading the Regional Medical Library Program?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.

If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).

Click here to register

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.

The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international).  The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.

NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement.  The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.

As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March.  At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 13th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=485

Summary: This hands-on in-person class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

MedlinePlus and More

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 13th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=513

Summary: This course is designed to train librarians and consumers on MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health database by the National Library of Medicine. Hands-on exercises and real life problems will be used as a method of teaching this database. Additional consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine will be selected and demonstrated based on needs of participants.

NCBI Webinar: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data

Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit, a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter Issue Available

The Winter 2015 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on healthy aging with Go4Life, living with Alzheimer’s disease, finding good health information on the Internet, atrial fibrillation, and treating alcohol problems. The cover features Howie Mandel, a host, performer, and producer, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). He discusses his involvement with the National Stroke Association’s Fibs or Facts campaign that raises awareness about AFib and its increased risk for stroke.

The magazine also recaps the Science Pathfinders at NLM/NIH event on September 26, 2014, where more than 500 middle and high school students at public and private schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia visited the NIH campus in Bethesda to hear presentations from top scientists and medical doctors on the latest advances in medical research. This issue’s HealthLine describes the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and and the Pharmaceuticals division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) small phase 1 clinical trial of the experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.