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Archive for March, 2011

Health Literacy COI Webinar

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Are you interested in health literacy? Are you a health professional or from a community group and interested in collaborating with libraries to improve health literacy? Then, this webinar is for you.

The NN/LM NER will facilitate a Healthy Literacy “Community of Interest” for our next contract (May 2011-2016). We hope you might join. The COI is a community of practice of people who share a common interest and want to share their expertise and advance their knowledge by learning from others. Caroline Marshall, Health Sciences Librarian at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, is the leader for the Health Literacy Community of Interest. Michelle Eberle is the convener.

We hope you can join us for a webinar on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 10:30 -11:30 AM to learn more about health literacy, the COI, and some recent projects in the New England Region.

Guest speakers will share highlights of health literacy work at their institution. The guest speakers include:

  • Caroline Marshall, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
  • Cara Marcus, Faulkner Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Penny Glassman, UMass Med School Library, Worcester, MA
  • Please join us! To register and get information how to access the webinar, go to:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/healthliteracyCOI

Thank You Rita

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We want to thank Rita Gavelis for working with the New England Region as our Technology Instructor this winter. Rita was enlisted to provide educational opportunities to Network members on technology-related topics. Rita posted articles on avoiding spam, Twitter and Hospitals, and cloud computing.

Rita taught 17 classes to Network members throughout the region. Rita traveled up and down the region–New Hampshire, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts–to deliver classes to state health and local health sciences library associations.

A total of 345 Network members, some from other regions, attended a technology learning session. Topics ranged from Web Collaboration, Open Source Tools, and Podcasting. Rita also presented classes on using Google utilities including Google Health. Eighteen educational sessions were conducted, offering fourteeen different classes from October 2010 through March 2011. We thank Rita for sharing her wealth of knowledge with the Region and for working with us these past six months.

While her work with NER is completed, Rita Gavelis continues offering technology based instruction to associations and institutions throughout the region.

Healthy Communities COI Webinar

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Are you a librarian who collaborates with community groups to improve the health of your local community? Are you interested in health information outreach? Are you from a community based organization and interested in collaborating with libraries? Then, this webinar is for you.

The NN/LM NER will facilitate a Healthy Communities “Community of Interest” for our next contract (May 2011-2016). We hope you might join. The COI will include active participants and a learning community. Deborah Clark, Librarian and Director from the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at Stephens Memorial Hospital, is the leader for the community of interest and Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Coordinator with the NN/LM NER, is the convener.

We hope you can join us for a webinar on Thursday, March 24th from 2:30 – 3:30 PM to learn more about healthy communities, the COI, and some recent projects in the New England Region.

Guest speakers will share highlights of their projects working with community groups. The guest speakers include:

  • Peter Droese, MassHealth Quality Office
  • Gayle Kadlik, Heywood Hospital, Outreach to Faith Based Organizations
  • Margot Malachowski, BayState Medical Center, Brightwood Centro de Salud Project and Springfield Public Library Project
  • Terry Greene, JSI, Environmental Health Outreach

    Please join us! To register and get information how to access the webinar, go to:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/healthycommunitiesCOI

Trust it or Trash it

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Trust or Trash is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information. The tool teaches three simple questions to ask yourself:

  • Who said it?
  • When did they say it?
  • How did they know?

The Trust It or Trash It site is also in Spanish. This site is developed by the Genetic Alliance in collaboration with several partners including the CDC and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. This site is a great too to teach students how to evaluate health information online and in print. Trust it or Trash it also includes a content, quality and usability scale to help you assess:

  • Is the information complete?
  • Is the information right?
  • Is the information presented in a way that is understandable and accessible?

    A PDF version is available.

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