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HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium

For those of you who are involved in or work with staff involved in emergency preparedness, this online resource may be of interest to you. Health and Human Services has a comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. <> /ch

Tai Chi to Improve Risk of Falling in Older Adults

The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest examines the evidence of Tai Chi as a modality to improve the risk of falling in older adults. This month’s publication also looks at Tai Chi’s effectiveness for chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, mental health cognitive function and cardiovascular health. /da

Job Opening: Director of the National Library of Medicine

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates who are energetic, innovative, and solution-oriented for the important position of Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM). Applications will be reviewed starting October 20, 2015. Click here for the complete job posting <> /ch

Member Involvement: This is a Great Way to Help the MCR!

Many of our members help with MCR infrastructure and outreach programs each year: If you are seeking service or think that you have a skill to offer please click here:  Involvement

Here are some of the ways you may be involved:

  • Present for  MCR webinars
  • Exhibit for the National Library of Medicine at meetings and conferences.
  • Submit articles to the Plains to Peaks Post Newsletter
  • Co-author an article with a NN/LM Coordinator or co-present at a conference
  • Volunteer to serve on the Regional Advisory Board or a MCR work group

Only the lack of imagination may limit how a member  may be involved. If you have a desire to help and/or an idea of how you may participate please let your state coordinator/MCR staff know  and they can get you started!  [jh]

Citing Medicine Has New Examples

Citing Medicine, the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers has new references for datasets, data repositories, ahead-of-print articles, and more. /da

Christian Minter Joins NN/LM MCR

The NN/LM MCR is pleased to announce that Christian Minter started her position as Nebraska/Education Coordinator on August 3, 2015. Christian is working out of the McGoogan Library of Medicine in Omaha, NE. She accumulated lots of experience with NLM resources as an NLM Associate Fellow over the last two years. During the first year of the fellowship, she managed multiple projects that contributed to improving and promoting NLM resources. The second year was spent at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University, where she provided instruction, research support and consumer health information services. Her interests in information literacy, instructional design, health literacy, and health disparities will serve her well in her new position.  Please join the MCR team in welcoming Christian region.  Christian’s email address is: /ch

Education – August Webinars

Wednesday, August 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML

  • Apple Research Kit – Earlier this year, Apple announced a new platform for clinical research. In this short session we will discuss what ResearchKit is, how it is being used, and potential benefits and concerns.
  • Julie Zimmerman of the University of Kansas Medical Center will discuss how she is using PubMed Commons to coordinate student assigned journal clubs.

Wednesday, August 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Discover NLM Resources and More – HealthReach

Join us at:

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

PubMed for Librarians

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. Just think…it will be cold then! PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. And, the best part is that all classes are completely FREE!

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – December 7, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – December 8, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – December 9, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – December 10, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – December 11, 2015

Questions? Email me at:

New IOM Report: Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future Workshop Summary

The Institute of Medicine’s “Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future: Workshop Summary” captures presentations and discussions of the progress made in the field of health literacy since its 2004 report titled “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.” The report, available free online, includes perspectives on health literacy and medications, and how the concepts of health literacy have been integrated into patient interactions. /da

August Issue of NIH News in Health Now Out

The August 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about the connection between positive emotions and health, and read about research to understand ALS./da