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New webinar recordings

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Congratulations to Nancy Goodwin, Paula Raimondo, Margo Coletti, Anne Conner, and Margot Malachowski for their excellent presentations at recent NER webinars!

View recordings of NER’s latest webinars:

  • Creative Health Literacy Projects
  • CDC’s Clear Communication Index Train-the-Trainer
  • Conducting a Health Information Reference Interview

Register for upcoming events on our training calendar.

 

Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I recently attended this WebJunction webinar and wanted to pass on the information as it has been archived for future viewing.  Audio, chat slides and handouts are available at http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/health-information-resources-for-library-staff.html

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Public libraries provide a variety of health reference services and public programs to support community health literacy. Health literacy has been described by the Institute of Medicine as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) provides comprehensive health information resources and services to libraries across eight regions nationwide. Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM. Representatives of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library will discuss their collaborative efforts with public libraries regarding the Affordable Care Act and other popular health information topics. They will be joined by a representative from Santa Ana Public Library, and together share strategies for strengthening your own library’s health information services, to improve the health literacy of your community.

Moderated by: WebJunction

Presented by:

  • Alan Carr, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
  • Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
  • Milly C. Lugo-Rios, Senior Librarian, Adult Services, Santa Ana Public Library

Health Statistics Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Please join us on March 4, 2013 for a book discussion of Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics with authors Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz. The authors presented an excellent presentation at the NAHSL Conference in Vermont several years ago. The NER’s Healthy Communities COI thought it would be fun to read the book together and meet with the authors for a book discussion. The authors will join us to guide the discussion via webinar. To attend, register on our training page.

The first 20 New England Region Network Members registered will receive a copy of the book to keep!

The book is also available on the PubMed Bookshelf at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK115435/

Hope you can join us!

Become a Champion for Coverage

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today, October 1, 2013,  is the first day of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace. For 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.  Uninsured citizens not enrolled by the end of March 2014 have to pay a fee and pay for all of their care. Coverage starts as early as January 1, 2014.  For 2015 and later years, the open enrollment period is October 15 to December 7 of the previous year.

In New England, some states participate in the federally facilitated marketplace, and others have state marketplaces. The Health Insurance Marketplace helps the public learn how to get insurance in each state. Maine and New Hampshire will use the healthcare.gov site to enroll, compare coverage and apply for plans. New England states with their own marketplaces include:

Become a Champion for Coverage.

Libraries have the opportunity to become a Champion for Coverage.   Many libraries have already volunteered to be a Champion for Coverage.  There are many ways your organization can be a Champion for Coverage.  These include:

1) Send your patrons to the official consumer sources to learn about the Marketplace and get coverage (healthcare.gov and cuidadodesalud.gov, 24/7 Consumer Call Center (800) 318-2596)

2) Send an email to your patrons regarding the Marketplace.

3) Post the HealthCare.gov and/or CuidadoDeSalud.gov widget on your website.

4) Hang posters and/or give our factsheets and brochures about the Marketplace. (Libraries can order print materials at:  http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov/login.aspx)

5) Host a conference call, webinar, or another education event about the Marketplace.

6) Include a story about the Marketplace in your organizational newsletter or other publication.

7) Record and send out a public service announcement about the Marketplace.

8) Have your staff/members learn about the Marketplace in educational sessions.

9) Connect with your partners/members/customers through official Marketplace social media channels to share their stories. (facebook.com/healthcare.gov; facebook.gov/CuidadoDeSalud.gov; @HealthCareGov; @CuidadoDeSalud)

10) Provide space for enrollment sessions or fairs (ideally, with computers so people can check out the Marketplace online).

To be publicly recognized as a Champion for Coverage, complete this online form:  http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html

 

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