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Share Your Program Success Stories

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center’s Blog features two new posts about how to create a program success story.

I’m planning to use the CDC’s Story Builder to document a program success story from our New Hampshire State Library MedlinePlus Train-the-Trainer.  If you use the Story Builder, the OERC would love to hear about your experience.  Share your experience with Cindy Olney.  The OERC is always interested to publicize NN/LM Network Members program successes in their blog.  If you have a project success (that includes an assessment/evaluation component), please send your story to Cindy.

-Michelle Eberle

IOM Health Literacy Roundtable

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. In general, low health literacy is a barrier to receiving high quality health care. This is particularly important for people living with serious or chronic illnesses that require complex management regimens and have significant symptoms or treatments with significant side effects. The ability to understand the scope of the illness, what is necessary to treat the illness, and how to live with serious illness as comfortably as possible is crucial to patient treatment outcomes and quality of life. The workshop will cover end-of-life and advance illness care models and other areas of interest within palliative care. It will also include the interaction between patients, families, and providers, as well as the knowledge of palliative care and its principles among providers.

Tweet language: Join @theIOM #HealthLiteracy Roundtable for 7/9/15 workshop on health literacy and #palliativecare

What: Health Literacy and Palliative Care
Where: Keck Building, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online via free webcast
When: July 9, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
More Information: Health Literacy and Palliative Care IOM Roundtable Meeting Information

Climate Change and the Health of Americans

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
[Guest post by NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch]The July 2015 issue of The Nation’s Health features a cover story on the link between climate change and health, new U.S. government initiatives aimed at protecting communities from the health impacts of climate change, and the effort to reframe climate change as an urgent public health issue.“Health officials and scientists warn that a changing climate is leading to more extreme heat, poorer air quality, heavier rainfall, and more frequent and intense natural disasters — all of which have serious consequences for human health. And because children are so susceptible to environmental change, they stand to bear the brunt of climate-related disease and stress.”

The article identifies the need for government, health professionals, and people to act preventatively. It examines recent initiatives from President Barack Obama that relate to understanding, communicating and mitigating the health effects of climate change, including the April 6, 2015 White House Climate Change and Health Summit, and a new toolkit designed to help health care facilities prepare for climate change.

These initiatives are meant to help Americans understand climate change as not just an environmental issue, but also an important health issue.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides many sources of information to assist health professionals with the knowledge and resources they need to assess who is most vulnerable to the health effects of climate change, and teach patients how to minimize the impacts.

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) Arctic Health website is a central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The site gives access to evaluated health information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies and universities. For example, the Arctic Health Climate Change page provides links to websites, publications, and multimedia presentations covering the impacts of climate change on the health, activities, and well-being of people in the Arctic. It includes climate-change observations from both the scientific-research and the traditional-knowledge points of view.

The SIS Environmental Health and Toxicology website features Enviro-Health Links – Climate Change and Human Health. This page provides a wealth of environmental health-related web resources from the U.S. government and other trusted sources focused on climate change and health. Resources include links to information about specific impacts on agriculture, extreme weather, general health, infectious disease, population displacement, preparedness and security, and water quality and scarcity. In addition to topic-related searches of NLM resources, the page offers overview materials, glossaries, information on law, policy, and regulation, links to blogs, news, podcasts and video, and educational material such as the NLM’s Environmental Health Student Portal.

A Second Life for Wearable Activity Trackers

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

[Guest post by Lisa Gualtieri]

I was given a Fitbit and, in tiny print on the package insert, it said to recycle responsibly. It turns out that there is really no way to do that – even wine corks can be recycled but not wearables. My exploration of this led me in many directions, including The Product Stewardship Institute and the complicated recycling websites of many cities and towns. My conclusion to date is that most wearables are thrown in a drawer. As a researcher, I wanted to learn more so I have a survey at  which I would be most grateful if you take and pass along to friends and colleagues. The incentive is a drawing for an Apple Watch.

The other side of this research is that I am curious how wearables can help people who want or need to increase their fitness but don’t know about them or can’t afford them. I have pilots planned with the YMCA of Central MA in Fitchburg and I hope to either receive a donation of wearables for the pilot or use reburbished ones we collect as part of

The survey is a helpful way of learning about feasibility of this!

I want to conclude by saying that one of invitations I most enjoyed was to present a keynote on The Future of Consumer Health to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Richmond in 2011. I love this picture of “Girls with Pearls” – my pearls were a loan for the picture. Would “Women with Wearables” have the same charm?

Girls with Pearls

Guest post by:
Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
Assistant Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

Blog on health:

Certificate in Digital Health Communication

7th Tufts Summer Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication offered July 19-24, 2015

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