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Plain Language Workshop

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop, March 17–18, 2016

This workshop is designed for motivated individuals and teams working to communicate health information in ways people can understand. Join us for “Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop” on March 17–18, 2016 in Boston, MA. Visit the website to learn more and apply.  Applications accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Learn new skills, gain valuable tools, and make lasting connections. The workshop will be led by Stacy Robison and Xanthi Scrimgeour, co-founders of CommunicateHealth, along with Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Director, Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute, and Alia BucciarelliHealth Writer and Guest Speaker. Funded in part by the National Library of Medicine under contract with University of Massachusetts Medical School.

National NN/LM Webinar Opportunities

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Our neighboring Regional Medical Library (the Middle Atlantic Region) kindly extends an invitation to our members to attend their upcoming webinars.  Webinars have transformed regional professional development opportunities.  To explore NN/LM educational opportunities throughout the country, check out the NN/LM National Training Schedule.  Take a look to see if the site is online.  If webinars have a waiting list, regions usually give preference to their own members.  Our webinars are also open to network members from other regions.  Here are the upcoming educational offerings by the NN/LM MAR:

  1. Health Literacy 3.0 (Boost Box) / January 12, 2016  noon-1:00pm ET. If you’re still counting syllables in sentences and checking readability formulas in the hopes of making health information health literacy appropriate, you might want to tune into this webinar. Speaker Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas refers to these and other supposed best practices about simplification as “wardrobe malfunctions” in a field that has gone through much evolution in the last 25 years. In an ever more complex worlds, Christina will talk about the limits of simplicity and discuss newer approaches to communicating health effectively.  No registration required. Eligible for 1 MLA CE


  1. Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work (Tech Time) / January 21, 2016 1:30pm ET.  In this presentation, we will explore some of the ways that libraries are leveraging mobile technology to change the way librarians work and to communicate with the people we serve. Speaker: Ann Whitney Gleason MLIS, AHIP / No registration required. Eligible for 1 MLA CE.

New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final Report

Monday, December 21st, 2015

From May 2014- April 2015, the Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in New Hampshire with the resources and services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and the National Library of Medicine.  NER identified project partners following key informant interviews.  NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the funding process, provide initial training on National Library of Medicine resources, and ensure the projects fulfilled goals and objectives as identified in their proposals.

Project partners included:

  • City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services
  • City of Nashua, Office of Emergency Management
  • Concord Public Library
  • New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers
  • New Hampshire Community College Librarians and Nursing Educators
  • New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
  • New Hampshire State Library

NER conducted a state-wide membership drive.  NER provided the New Hampshire State Library with membership packets to mail to libraries in New Hampshire that were not already NN/LM Network Members.  As a result of the membership drive, 29 libraries joined the network.

NER developed relationships with seven new project partners.  Each project partner used their own evaluation methods.   Several project partners shared the value of their experience partnering with NN/LM NER in their reports and publications:

“These activities served to significantly increase awareness of the multitude of reliable NN/LM resources and tools available that can help guide the development of evidence-based strategies for those developing Health Plans, provide information for professionals about clinical trials, improve knowledge of how to conduct PubMed searches, refer patients and families to MedlinePlus, and learn about the resources that will ultimately provide better outcomes for patients.”  –Judy Proctor, New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Plan, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Final Report

“Janet Eklund, administrator of library operations at New Hampshire State Library, says the most important outcome to emerge from the project is the education of librarians and their confidence providing consumer health information. “Now, of course, they’re not going to be providing medical advice, but they’re comfortable in using the resource so that they can help educate their patrons to use it themselves,” Eklund says. “I think an increase in comfort level, knowledge, and skill is an excellent outcome for a program like this.” – By Lea Radick, American Libraries Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015

“Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine began before our Focused Outreach project through participation in an Extreme Weather Summit hosted by their team.  At the summit they convinced my Office of the importance of partnering with libraries to promote health and emergency preparedness initiatives.  With the support of NN/LM, we were successfully able to conduct an outreach project to promote preparedness to at-risk populations within our region with excellent technical assistance provided by our library.”  – Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, City of Nashua

The New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final report is available at:

Plain Language for Health Workshop

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Save the date!

Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop
Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Friday, March 18, 2016
Tufts Health Sciences Campus
Boston, MA

Stay tuned for more details in the new year!

Brought to you by CommunicateHealth and the Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute. Funded in part by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region.

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