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Freebie Friday: Rural Health Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Rural and medically underserved areas often have challenges including both increased health disparities and population health issues combined with limited resources and healthcare providers to help meet these challenges. The use of appropriate program evaluation measures can help to assess what actually works for rural health settings since many evidence-based strategies are based on urban and non-rural populations.

The Rural Assistance Center (raconline.org) has recently issued a freely available online guide at  http://www.raconline.org/topics/rural-health-research-assessment-evaluation The guide is intended to help an organization

  • Identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation
  • Discusses common methods, such as surveys and focus groups
  • Provides contacts within the field of rural health research
  • Addresses the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
  • Looks at the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for non-profit hospitals and public health
  • Examines the importance of building the evidence-base so interventions conducted in rural areas have the maximum possible impact

Thanks to National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Network member (what does that mean?) Gail Kouame from HEALWA for sharing this great resource with us at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC)! Do you have an evaluation-related resource to share? We would be happy to consider featuring it in our blog or possible inclusion in our Tools and Resources guide at guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools.

MLA’s Beyond the Search II: Recording Available for Libraries to use

Friday, December 5th, 2014

On Wednesday December 3, 2014, the NN/LM, NER hosted MLA’s Beyond the Search II: Data Management for Systematic Reviews (1.5 hours) webinar.

The recording is now available for groups to use for professional development at their institutions.  This link cannot be given out to individuals.  If you are interested in gathering up a group of your colleagues to meet and view this webinar please contact Meredith Solomon, Meredith.solomon@umassmed.edu and she will arrange to get you the information you need for viewing.

NN/LM, NER also has available for groups:

  • MLA Beyond the Search I: Protocol Development and Methodology for Systematic Reviews (1.5 hours)
  • Communicate Your Value through Marketing & Advocacy (1.5 hours)

AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices

Friday, December 5th, 2014

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

 

Health care providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo website indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for health care providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both health care providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

Stay tuned for additions to the AIDSinfo Drug App.

NIHNewsinHealth: December Issue

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

 

Feeling Stressed?
Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things — like holiday gatherings or vacations — it might be time to reassess. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress may help your health.
Read more about stress and health.
When Your Back Hurts
Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat

Your back is a complicated structure, and a lot can go wrong with it. Protect your back by learning about the causes, treatment, and prevention of back pain. Read more about back pain.

 Health Capsules:

Detecting Rare Disease-Causing Glitches

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Featured Website: Go4Life

 

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

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