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MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Did you know that if you attended a NN/LM NER Healthy Communities or Health Literacy COI (Community of Interest) webinar that the Medical Library Association CE credit you received can be applied towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?

To confirm which webinars were sponsored by the Healthy Communities or Health Literacy COI, take a look at our list of recorded webinars. Be sure to save your certificates to complete your application.

About the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS):

The Medical Library Association CHIS will help you keep current in the consumer health information field and obtain an additional, recognized level of expertise.

CHIS is appropriate for:

  • medical librarians
  • public librarians
  • librarians working in consumer health libraries
  • allied health professionals

Earning Credits:

  • Level 1 requires 12 CHIS CE credits. For Level 1, eight of the 12 credits must be from a MLA CE program.  Level 2 requires 24 CHIS CE credits.  For Level 2, eighteen of the 24 credits must be from MLA CE programs.
  • Courses not approved for MLA CHIS can be submitted with an Individual Request Form.  Discussion groups, such as our upcoming Health Statistics Book Club, qualify for this type of credit.
  • CHIS CE credits can also be applied for MLA AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals).
  • You have three years to gather the contact hours needed, ending with the date you submit your materials. The specialization is valid for three years and may be renewed.

Upcoming New England Region MLA CHIS webinars:

Stay tuned for upcoming NER MLA CHIS opportunities. Upcoming events include From Coverage to Care: Connecting the Newly Insured to Health Insurance and Compelling Counts: Trends in Evaluation Reporting.

Health Statistics Book Club

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics
Book Discussion Group Project Application

We invite you to collaborate with us to offer a book discussion group featuring the book, Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics. Stephen Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz, the authors of the book, will participate in the project. Libraries and organizations selected to participate are required to: host/lead the book discussion at least once; join us for a planning teleconferences, and provide a brief post-project report to share their experiences. Participants should save the following dates for planning teleconferences to develop materials for the book discussion group: Thursday, September 4th at 2 PM and Tuesday, September 30th at 2 PM. There will also be a wrap-up teleconference in April 2015.


On March 4, 2014, the authors of Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics presented a webinar for the Healthy Communities, Community of Interest. The recording is available at: The book is available in full text on the PubMed Bookshelf at: The webinar prompted interest in book clubs to help consumers learn how to understand statistics, know what questions to ask, and see through the hype of health news reporting. We invite you to select an audience for a book discussion. Ideal audiences include public libraries, high school students, health professions students, teachers, support groups or patient educators. The authors recommend hosting a book discussion for caregivers helping family members of people with an illness.

What You Will Get from the Experience:

• Collaboration with the authors to develop book discussion support materials
• Peer support for running a book discussion group
• Experience developing assessment/evaluation materials with the support of the NN/LM OERC (Outreach Evaluation Resource Center)
• Opportunity to jointly author a journal article/publication highlighting the project

Please complete the brief application and return it to Michelle Eberle at: by June 15, 2014.

Application Form:

This project is coordinated by the NN/LM New England Region, Healthy Communities, Community of Interest. Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, at Baystate Medical Center is the NER’s Healthy Communities COI Leader.

We look forward to hear from you.


Michelle Eberle
Health Literacy and Community Engagment Coordinator

NIH News in Health, May issue

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Check out the May issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. This issue features articles on:

  • Shedding Light on Health, Research Helps People and Pets
  • Tick Talk, Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease
  • Exercise Brings Bone Benefits that Last

You can print the PDF version. Or, if you would like print copies free of charge for diplay in offices, libraries or clinics, send an email or call (301) 402-7337 for more information.

MedlinePlus Library Directory

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Get your library featured on MedlinePlus!

MedlinePlus includes a Library Directory of libraries who provide consumer health information services to the public. Libraries participating in DOCLINE can self-select to be included in the MedlinePlus Library Directory.

Take a look at the MedlinePlus Library Directory to see if your library is included.
If you would like to add your library to the directory, please update your DOCLINE record or contact us at for assistance.

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