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Health Literacy Webinars for Librarians & Health Professionals

October is Health Literacy Month, and we want to highlight a couple of opportunities to learn more about becoming involved in improving health literacy in your community or organization.

Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1 pm MT/2 pm CT

This webinar explores health-related outreach and programming ideas, and highlights the training and resources provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to help your library improve the health literacy of your community.

Presented by:
Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region

Free to attend. Registration is required. Sponsored by WebJunction. For more information visit:

Health Literacy: Why It’s Important to Patient Care & What You Can Do to Help
Wednesday, October 28th
11 am MT/12 pm CT

This webinar will explore the impact that low health literacy has on cancer prevention and treatment, and provide resources that health professionals, patients, and caregivers can use to improve health literacy and effective patient-provider communication.

Presented by:
Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region

Free to attend. Registration is required. Sponsored by Nebraska Cancer Coalition. For more information visit:


Upcoming Webinars: Disaster Apps & Community Health Maps

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – 10 MT/11 CT
Join us at:

Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.

Sit in on this webinar to learn about the resources you can include in a digital go-bag and how you can help the disaster workforce build theirs.

Discover NLM and More
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 1 MT/ 2 CT
Join us at:

Community Health Maps

Are you looking for a creative way to visualize and showcase data on the conditions that influence health in your community? Not sure which tools to use? Community health maps may be the answer! Community health maps can collect and visualize statistics, demographic information, and community resources to help you plan and make decisions about outreach projects. There are many low-cost mapping tools, and the National Library of Medicine has a resource available to share information about specific tools and examples of how to use them. Join this webinar to learn more about the benefits of community health maps, and the resources available to you.


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

Online Workshops: Next Generation Sequencing

From NLM, You may want to forward to your researchers:

From October 13th to October 23rd, NCBI will present the first iteration of NCBI NOW, a free online experience aimed at those new to next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 1,000 participants who sign up through the ORAU Portal.  <> Since enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, please only sign up for this educational opportunity if you will be able to participate fully.

Learners will emerge from the course equipped to map their own RNA-Seq or DNA-Seq data to the human genome, understand the options for downstream analysis, and use their understanding of the basic steps of data processing to interact more effectively with bioinformatician collaborators. Click here for details on the online courses. /ch

Retired: Women’s Health Resources Information Portal

From NLM:

On Monday, October 5, 2015,  NLM retired the Women’s Health Resources (WHR,) / information portal that was started in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2008. All those accessing the site will be redirected from the WHR portal to the Office of Research on Women’s Health homepage .

NLM appreciates the assistance of ORWH in the development of the portal and for providing outreach project funding to libraries to promote the portal and sex and gender differences in research among university faculty and students. NLM will continue our partnership by helping ORWH develop avenues for those seeking to search NLM databases such as PubMed and Clinical Trials for research on women’s health. /ch


bingoCome play BINGO at the NN/LM MCR Past and Future Session during MCMLA 2015: Virtual Connections!

Get BINGO on your game card (5 in a row – horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) and be entered in a drawing for one of 8 amazing prize packages!

To Play:

  1. Ahead of time–download or print off a bingo card. One card per player.
  2. Have it ready for the NN/LM MCR Past and Future session on Thursday, Oct 8 at 1pm MT, 2pm CT.
  3. Mark off the topics you hear described in the presentation.
  4. When you get BINGO, type your name in the chat box.
  5. Winners will be randomly drawn from among all those in the chat box.

Winners will be announced during breaks on Thursday and Friday. Only MCMLA members will be eligible to win. Come play and good luck! /ss

DIMRC Webinar: Stress and the Relaxation Response

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  discussion list-

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPICS:  “Stress and the Relaxation Response”

Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity –  the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.


Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.


**Updated **  10/7/15

To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 8, click on Join the Meeting

Event number: 627 830 517
Event password: 1234

Please note: First time users of WebEx may be required to install WebEx client software.                     [jh]

Welcome to ICD-10

From Center for Medicare:

On October 1, 2015, the U.S. health care system moved to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. For more information from CMS on the use of ICD-10 click here. <> /ch


Are you a player? Do you brag about your swag? If so, you won’t want to miss the NN/LM MCR bingo game happening during the MCMLA “NN/LM MCR Past and Future” session. Winners will receive fabulous and rare prizes that cannot be found on eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy.

  1. Ahead of time–download or print off a bingo card.  One card per player.
  2. Have it ready for the NN/LM MCR Past and Future session on Thursday, Oct 8 at 1pm MT, 2pm CT.
  3. Mark off the topics you hear described in the presentation.
  4. When you have 5 boxes in a row marked (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) type your name into the chat box.

Coordinators will be standing by and noting who has marked off 5 boxes in a row. Once the session is over, we’ll be drawing 8 names for the winners. Only MCMLA members are eligible to win. We’ll be announcing the winners during later meeting breaks. Sharpen your pencils and retention skills, and mark your calendar for Thursday, October 8th, 1pm MT/2pm CT. Game On! /da

Institute of Medicine Study: Improving Diagnosis in Health Care

From BHIC blog:

The report, called “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” asserts that diagnostic errors occur daily in every health care setting nationwide, yet they have never been adequately studied. No one knows how many people suffer from misdiagnoses or delays that affect their care. “Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.” Read more in U.S. News & World Report: /ch

DOCLINE Users: EFTS Announces Temporary Payment Procedure

For those DOCLINE users who are  EFTS members you are urged to subscribe to the EFTS-L Listserv  for the latest updates from the EFTS office.

Here’s an important message from the listserv if you missed it:

The EFTS office will be operating with reduced staffing October 13 through October 28.

All payments (via check or credit card) received during this period will be posted to accounts PRIOR TO the ‘month close’ on November 2nd.

During this period, October 13th-28th, questions or concerns requiring immediate attention should be directed to:


Jackie Lewis, EFTS Program Manager


866-561-5045 toll free

860-679-2941 direct