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HealthIT Webinar: Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Date: October 29, 2014 – 2:00 PM EDT

Hosted by the HealthIT COI and UConn Health

 

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”     ~ Charles Dudley Warner

 

There is SO much talk about Health IT and EHRs and yet, how many of us can say we’re actively involved?  Attribute this to HIPAA, or politics or a silo mentality at many institutions, librarians are frequently frustrated by a perceived inability to get to the table and contribute.

 

This webinar features two librarians who ARE involved.  Tune in to hear how one describes ways to become involved and stay in touch with EHRs and hear the experiences of another teaching EPIC’s CADENCE application to employees working at the front desk of her organization.

Register here

 

Guest speakers include:

  • Dina McKelvy, MLS, AHIP, Library Manager for Automation and Planning at Maine Medical Center Library
  • Mina Davenport, MLS,CT, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Congratulations NLM/AAHSL Fellows

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Hongjie Wang, Interim Library Director at the UConn Health Center, and Matthew Wilcox, Associate Director at the Edward and Barbara Netter Library at Quinnipiac University for getting selected for the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program.

Congratulations to Marianne Burke, the Director of the Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont, who will be serving as a Mentor for the Fellowship.

This past year, Debra Berlainstein, the Associate Director of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library at Tufts University participated in the Fellows Program.  Congrats to Debra on completing the Fellows Program!

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.  Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six fellowship graduates have assumed director positions.  Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community.

 

 

 

 

 

Elegantly Simple Evaluation

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The NER’s Health Literacy COI was featured in the OERC’s blog:

Elegantly Simple Evaluation: Documenting Outcomes of a New England Health Literacy Project

For an example of an elegantly simple program evaluation that yielded great results, check out an article by Michelle Eberle and colleagues in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region, which appeared in the August 2014 edition of MLA News . The article describes the region’s Clear: Conversationsproject, a collaboration among five organizations in which librarians and health professionals taught health literacy skills to patients. This innovative project, originated by Health Care Missouri, featured role-plays of patients in which they practice good patient communication skills during a visit to a health care provider (played by volunteers from various health professions).

This project shows that a few relatively simple evaluation activities can clearly show the positive outcomes of a project. For example, after their role-play, participants gave high ratings to their satisfaction with the information they received during their “doctor visit.”   When completing the multi-session program, a strong majority said the program improved their comfort with employing effective communication techniques with their own health care providers. More than half of respondents completing the second questionnaire described specific actions they intended to use in future visits to health care providers. Also, the health professional role-players provided their own feedback about how their experiences would affect their own interactions with patients.

The evaluation methods used for the Clear: Conversations project were fairly simple, but well-planned. Eberle and her colleagues developed their evaluation methods in the project planning stage and consulted with the NN/LM OERC on method design. As a result, the team was able to collect information that clearly demonstrated, both to themselves and others, the value of their project.

The OERC would like to highlight more examples of evaluations that are both effective and relatively easy to implement.  If you know of other projects that we can showcase in our Elegantly Simple Evaluation series, please contact Cindy Olney at olneyc@uw.edu.

Environmental Health Student Resources

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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.

 

Dylan Rain Tree
Social Science Program Specialist
National Library of Medicine
(301) 451-2789, Office
dylan.raintree@nih.gov

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