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Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

We recently published our Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report in the eScholarship@UMMS repository.

Abstract:

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) seeks to further the mission of the NN/LM, while increasing use of National Library of Medicine (http://nlm.nih.gov) resources and services; and expanding collaboration with libraries through a Focused Health Information Outreach model. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and by improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in Vermont with the resources and services of the National Library of Medicine. NER partnered with local libraries, public health agencies, school nurses, the state library, health education students, and community television. This year, the project transitioned to a train-the-trainer model. Project partners were identified following the Key Informant Interviews. NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the project planning, proposal writing process, and initial NLM education. Project partners included:

  • Vermont State Library
  • Dana Medical Library
  • Middlebury Community TV
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Castleton State College Heath Education Department
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Medical Library
  • Vermont School Nurse Health Information Access Project

Pre and post-evaluations showed that as a result of this project:

  • 92 consumers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 220 health information providers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 325 visitors at exhibits/health fairs learned more about the National Library of Medicine

Consumer post-evaluations showed that 79% reported that the trainings improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internetl: 64%were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future. Provider post-evaluations showed that 97% said the class improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internet; 100% were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future; and 62% were very likely to tell others about the NLM resources they learned.

 Rights and Permissions:

Mary E. Piorun, Michelle L. Eberle, Stephanie Friree, and Meredith I. Solomon. “Focused Outreach Final Report: Vermont (May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014)” National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Repository (2014).

NIH News in Health, January Issue

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Check out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

 

 NIHNewsJan1 Osteoporosis in Aging
Protect Your Bones with Exercise

There’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk for osteoporosis, a condition that affects more than 10 million people nationwide. Getting plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and exercise is a good start.
Read more about osteoporosis.
 NIHNewsJan2 Listen Up!
Noises Can Damage Your Hearing

Loud or long-lasting noises – from motors, power tools, and even headphones – can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises. Read more about noise-related hearing loss.

Health Capsules:

Ebola Vaccine Prompts Immune Response

Detect Glaucoma Early To Protect Vision

Featured Website: Rethinking Drinking

 

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!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.

If you’re an editor who wishes to reprint our stories, please see http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/about.htm for information.

MLA Professional Development Awards

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The NN/LM NER invites you to apply for a professional development award to fund your registration fee to attend the Medical Library Association National Conference in Austin, Texas.   We can fund the registration fee for up to 5 Medical Library Association members from our region to attend the MLA National Conference.  You can apply for the full conference (package A) or the e-conference.   In addition to the benefit of the professional development award, recipients have the opportunity to write a post about the conference for our blog.  Applicants must be Medical Library Association members.

To apply, please email Michelle Eberle by February 2, 2015.  In your email, please describe why you would like to attend, what you hope to learn, and how you will apply what you learn at your organization.

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Discussion Paper: Health Literacy Principles

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Health Literacy Principles: Guidance for Making Information Understandable, Useful, and Navigable

Description from IOM:  Research documents that most people in the United States cannot understand or use the complex information needed for managing their health and effectively using health care services. We believe it is critical to take a health-literate approach to solving this problem, that is, to align system demands and complexities with individual skills and abilities. For the past two decades, we worked to advance research, teaching, and practices that systematically address improving health literacy. In this piece, we offer a synthesis of the principles we follow to create health information that is better aligned with the skills and abilities of those using that information. We then offer links to examples of materials where these principles guided the development and presentation of information.

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