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National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Resources

The National Library of Medicine has several online environmental health student resources that serve students from grades 1-12.  The information and data in these resources are free and vetted by science professionals.  The resources are versatile and can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in afterschool programs, in home school programs and by students for their academic research assignments.  We encourage you to use these resources and recommend them to interested groups.

NLM Environmental Health Student Resources:

  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Interactive Web site that teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home.  Includes lesson plans and activities.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.  Includes classroom materials.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): The lesson plans and activities familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA.  Includes classroom materials.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Written at the introductory college student level; tutorials teach basic toxicology principles.

NAHSL Annual Conference CE Workshops

The NAHSL CE Committee invites you to attend upcoming Medical Library Association CE workshops at the NAHSL Annual Conference in Rockport, Maine.  MLA CE helps you earn or maintain Medical Library Association AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) or CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) status.

Register here for the NAHSL Conference and CE opportunities.

Sunday, October 19, 8:00 am to noon

Concepts in Genetics 

Continuing our series of clinical classes, this will cover basic concepts in genetics. The material presented will coordinate with the afternoon class, Introduction to Genetics Databases.

Presenter: Susan McClatchy is a bioinformatician and research program manager at the Center for Genome Dynamics at the Jackson Laboratory, one of fifteen National Centers of Excellence in Systems Biology. She teaches Independent Studies in Computational Biology, a research course for talented youth. She received the AAAS Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction in May 2013, and enjoys working and teaching at the interface of biology, computing, and math.

Simply Put: Writing in Plain Language 

Participants will identify the problem of low health literacy, its definition, and how it impacts patient outcomes. Using three broad principles of writing in plain language they will critique and rewrite poorly worded sentences and brainstorm in small groups how to rewrite a sample handout. The workshop begins with a PowerPoint lecture on basic concepts of health literacy. A lecture with a handout for participants to follow on creating patient handouts is next. Using sample handouts the participants will do several hands-on activities to practice their new skills. We’ll end with a group discussion on health literacy roles that librarians have taken, starting with the instructors’ experience.

Presenter: Nancy Goodwin is the director of the Library & Knowledge Services Department at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT.  She has chaired the Patient Family Education Committee since 2009, working to make the principles of health literacy a part of every patient interaction.

Presenter: Margo Coletti is the director of Knowledge Services, a division of Information Systems at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in
Boston, where she has worked since 1981. Margo teaches clinicians and researchers at BIDMC how to integrate Plain Language principles and practices into the Informed Consent process.

 Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Introduction to Genetics Databases (Presenter: David Osterbur, Ph.D.)

This class will complement material learned in the morning class, Concepts in Genetics, by teaching participants about basic genetics databases and how to search them.

 Deciphering Clinical Statistics (Presenter: James McLellan, Ph.D.)

Not so confident about confidence intervals? Not sure what a p value is? Want to know how researchers calculate power? Come learn about these and other statistical topics. Strong math skills not required.

Registration fees for NAHSL 4 hour CE workshops:

·         Member $75.00

·         Non-Member $105.00

$50.00 cancellation fee after 10/10

Questions about continuing education? Contact Jeannine Gluck.

DailyMed Redesign

[NLM Press Release]

National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed Web Site Redesigned

New Features Improve Usability and User Experience

On September 18, 2014, NLM launched a newly redesigned DailyMed Web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly. The Web site contained only one label when it debuted but now contains 66,604 labels.

Based on the needs and feedback it received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed Web site in 2013. The new design of DailyMed is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what devise customers are using to view the site.

In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
  • Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
  • Implemented a dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.

NCDMPH Webinar: Health IT & Disaster Preparedness

The National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health is hosting a webinar on September 30th at 1pm.
Topic: “Health IT & Disaster Preparedness”
Presenter: Dr. Jinpin Ying, CIO of Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center & Jason Pomaski, Assistant Vice President of Technology, Community Health Network
Day: September 30, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM ET
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