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My Preparedness Story Video Challenge

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and the top entries will be posted on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST. /ch


During the week of  February 1-5, you can take part in the adult coloring craze with the Color Our Collection event.The event invites users to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag: #ColorOurCollections.

Some of the libraries participating include the The New York Academy of Medicine, the Biodiversity Heritage LibraryOregon Health and Science University Historical Collections & Archives, and the University of Missouri Special Collections & Archives. You can also view a Twitter list of all #ColorOurCollections participants.


NLM Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on the NLM Disaster Health home page.

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for email updates.


Zika MeSH Terms

From NLM:

MeSH now includes two new terms: Zika Virus and Zika Virus Infection. For previously published articles you should still search for these concepts as text words./ch

EHR Update: 23% of Accountable Care Organizations still use paper charts

Healthcare IT News reports on PBMI‘s recent study that 23% of ACOs continue to use paper charts. Study identifies issues facing ACOs in health information technology integration.

Read Healthcare IT News report here!

Feedback on Priority Areas for SAMHSA

You have an opportunity to help set priorities for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to reviewing submitted programs, SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) will be conducting independent literature reviews to identify important substance abuse and mental health programs and treatments. NREPP has identified a list of topics, many of which are relevant to suicide prevention, and is asking the public to rate the priority of each area. Suicide prevention is not specifically listed, but you can suggest it (and other topics) by adding them in an open text field. The deadline for feedback is January 29.
About NREPP:
NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 350 substance abuse and mental health interventions. NREPP was developed to help the public learn more about evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation. NREPP does not endorse or approve interventions. Learn more about NREPP and current minimum requirements for inclusion in the registry.


Plains to Peaks Post Newsletter

January 2016
Vol 14 No 3
In This Issue 

PLOS: Public Library of Science

The  Public Library of Science (PLOS) is also a resource with more than 140,00 archived articles .  The free full text articles across disciplines of science and medicine are peer reviewed and immediately available.  Some of the PLOS titles are: Medicine , Neglected Tropical Diseases and Pathogens   Users can also follow updates  the  blogs  sponsored in the PLOS Blog Network on the  website.  Content is contributed by staff and independent writers. PLOS could be an important resource for those in quest of free full text articles. [jh]

Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians

North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library will be offering the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians on May 23-27, 2016. This is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. Applications will be accepted Febuary 15 – March 13, 2016. For more information, visit:


EHR Update – The Future of Meaningful Use

In the latest Health IT Buzz post, Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and Karen B. DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, discuss upcoming changes to EHR incentive programs.