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Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

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Title: Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Date: Thursday, June 18

Time: 1pm ET/Noon CT/ 11am MT/10am PT


Synopsis: First Responders Group at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and FEMA’s Higher Education Program are co-sponsoring this event to share innovative approaches to designing and conducting drills and exercises. Guest presenters include Carla Boyce, director of FEMA’s National Exercise Division; Douglas Kahn, program manager for FEMA’s Virtual Table Top Exercise Program; and Boyce Wilson, homeland security planner for the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. Attendees can earn a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits upon completing a short quiz at the end of the event.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand opportunities to innovate within the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) process
  • Explain how virtual exercises can efficiently and effectively meet your objectives
  • Identify best practices and innovative approaches to design, conduct and evaluate exercises    [jh]

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Working Group Report

From NLM:

On Thursday, June 22, 2015  the NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins accepted a report from his Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) that sets forth a strategic vision to position the NIH NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine and the epicenter for biomedical data science.  This move will ensure that NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library, will continue to be a valuable resource to medical and scientific communities and to the public.  The report was presented at the 110th meeting of the ACD.  You can learn more from the NIH press release,  the report from the ACD NLM Working Group. and a news article in Science.  /ch

NIH News in Health – June 2015

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

This month:
HIV and AIDS: Know the Facts
Treatments Work, but Prevention Is Key
Today, people infected with HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—can live full, healthy lives, in large part because of medicines and other discoveries made with NIH support.

Talking With Your Doctor
Make the Most of Your Appointment
Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health

Health Capsules:

Mapping Language Problems in the Brain

Healthy and Fun Family Recipes

Featured Website: NIH’s National Cancer Institute

New Name for PubMed Related Citations Discovery Tool

From NLM Technical Bulletin:

To be clearer, the PubMed “Related citations” feature was renamed to “Similar articles.” User interviews revealed confusion about the definition of the “Related citations” listed in the results set. “Similar articles” was chosen because “Related citations” is ambiguous. There are several types of relationships that articles may have. The algorithm to generate the results has not been modified./ch

Funding for 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine is seeking proposals for the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project. NLM is looking for libraries and other organizations to work together to improve awareness of, access to, and use of HIV/AIDS medicine and public health information. Organizations, institutions, and agencies working in any phase of HIV/AIDS management are eligible. NLM will fund the design and implementation of outreach projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients, the affected community, their caregivers and the general public.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site : <>

MCR staff are available to discuss your project ideas and review your proposal before submission.  /ch

Directory of History of Medicine Collections: A Valuable Resource

Learn about the Directory of History of Medicine Collections as a resource and the capabilities of the fully searchable database.  Libraries, museums, archives and others with history of medicine collections will hear the benefits of adding collections to this valuable resource.  Presented by Crystal Smith, Reference Librarian, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, National Library of Medicine.

Tues, June 9, 2015 / 10-11 MT, 11-12 CT  Online / No Registration Required  Click here to log in <>

Sponsored by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region/ch

Broadcast: Report of the NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director,

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) on June 11, 2015. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 9:15 MT, 10:15 CT.  Click here for the full agenda for the ACD meeting  or go to <>.

The vision and recommendations are based on the responses to the Request for Information (RFI) gathered in March 2015. You may have contributed to the RFI. The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it as an NIH videocast <>. /ch

Reminder – Funding to participate in the Mobile Apps Experience Project Extended – Submit Application by June 5, 2015

The NN/LM MCR has learned from past mobile device projects that the cost of apps is a major barrier to accessing and experimenting with for-fee apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies vs. the free versions of for-fee apps or just focusing on free apps.

To address this issue, we would like to offer qualifying full Network members either a $50 iTunes or $50 GooglePlay purchase card in exchange for sharing what was learned about the app by filling out the Mobile App Evaluation Form.

Before you proceed to apply for this project, please review the following to make sure you qualify, can fully participate in the project, and agree to certain stipulations.

1. Currently work at a NN/LM MCR Full Network member institution.
2. Be a professional librarian. Certain exceptions can be made and you can explain your situation in the form below.
3. Agree to allocate the time required to experiment with at least four (4) for-fee mobile apps that are appropriate to the field of health sciences librarianship.
3. Agree to fully report on at least four (4) for-fee apps using the online App Evaluation Form. See an example of what will be in the form here.
4. Submit your reports by the following four deadlines on at least 1 app per report – July 2015, October 2015, January 2016, April 15, 2016.
5. Allow the NN/LM MCR to use your reports on our website, P2PP, News Blog or in presentations.

The extended deadline to submit your application is June 5, 2015.

Click here to apply

If you have comments or questions about this project, please direct them to Alicia Lillich.

Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP) Annual Conference.

This National conference will help guide participants through the most important disaster preparedness concerns in various types of healthcare facilities today.  The conference will include speakers with disaster stories from the field and experts that will help guide and refine your planning efforts. This event will allow for intensive and collaborative learning opportunities and networking for all participants.


Professional Development Funding Now Available

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is again offering  professional development funding (approximately $1500 per award) to support Network member librarians. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of emergency preparedness, personal and electronic health records, health information literacy or patient safety. Eight of the awards have been set aside for members to attend the MCR co-sponsored cross regional event scheduled for 2016. Watch the RML News for announcements on this event. To apply go to our professional development funding web page. <>

NN/LM MidContinental Region staff are ready and willing to assist you in 1) discussing whether your professional development idea is fundable and 2) reviewing your application before you submit. Feel free to contact us if you would like our assistance. /ch