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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Webinar

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you missed the CMS webinar, we invite you to view the recording:

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period / October 2014 (Recording | Presentation (PDF))

Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office
Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions. 

New Version of MedlinePlus Mobile

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

[NLM Announcement]

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are and

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español . Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites . Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages . Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus ( when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at and Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Announcement from:

Stephanie Narva Dennis, MLS
Head, Health Information Products Unit – Trusted Health Information for You National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
301-435-4898  |

Take Action: Be a Health Literacy Hero

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region invites you to attend a free workshop for librarians and others interested to learn more about health literacy.

Keynote Speaker: Helen Osborne,
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 (snow date: December 5)
Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM

Register here.

Bring a colleague! We encourage you to invite a current or potential health literacy project partner.


Continental breakfast (9 – 9:30 AM)

Health Literacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, How You Can Help (9:30 AM -11 AM)

Helen Osborne will present an overview about health literacy, highlighting not only what it is and why it matters but also how health science librarians and their clinical colleagues can help. The goal is for participants to gain a clearer understanding about the importance of health literacy and an eagerness to explore ways of taking action. Topics include:

  • What health literacy is and why it matters in treatment and care.
  • Six factors that can affect an individual’s health understanding.
  • Best practices and practical strategies to improve health literacy.

Conversation with Librarians about Health Literacy (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)

Explore how librarians contribute to health literacy. Michelle Eberle will highlight strategies for librarians and information professionals outlined in the National Action Plan for Health Literacy. Helen Osborne will facilitate a conversation with three librarians with expertise in providing health literacy services. Speakers include:

  • Irena Bond, Library Manager, Blais Family Library, MCPHS University
  • Margo Coletti, Director IS/ Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anne Conner, Director, Gale Medical Library, Littleton Regional Healthcare
  • Nancy Goodwin, Director, Library and Knowledge Services, Middlesex Hospital

Lunch (12:15 – 1 PM) Book signing with Helen Osborne author of, Health Literacy from A-Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message

Take action: Be a Health Literacy Hero (1 PM – 2:15 PM)

In this dynamic session, Helen Osborne will lead a series of activities designed to help participants move from general health literacy know-how to specific and realistic action planning. Topics include:

  • Identifying key concepts heard, learned, or introduced to today.
  • Brainstorming effective and practical ways to improve health understanding.
  • Overcoming obstacles when putting health literacy into practice.
  • Identifying at least one action to take as a result of today’s conference. In other words, finding ways to be a Health Literacy Hero.

About Helen Osborne:

Helen is the president of Health Literacy Consulting based in Natick, Massachusetts. She produces and hosts the Health Literacy Out Loud podcast. She is also the founder of Health Literacy Month – a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information. Helen’s award-winning book, Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message is considered by many as the most important health literacy reference today.

Details: Parking vouchers and lunch will be provided.

Travel reimbursement:  We can fund travel expenses for several librarians.  If you are interested to apply for travel reimbursement, please send Michelle Eberle a letter about your interest in the event, how you will apply what you learn,  and your reimbursement request (# of miles and if you need a hotel).

Sponsored by: the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Health Literacy Community of Interest and the Peters Health Sciences Library at Rhode Island Hospital

Conference Planners:  Anne-Marie Kaminsky and Michelle Eberle



NAHSL Annual Conference CE Workshops

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The NAHSL CE Committee invites you to attend upcoming Medical Library Association CE workshops at the NAHSL Annual Conference in Rockport, Maine.  MLA CE helps you earn or maintain Medical Library Association AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) or CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) status.

Register here for the NAHSL Conference and CE opportunities.

Sunday, October 19, 8:00 am to noon

Concepts in Genetics 

Continuing our series of clinical classes, this will cover basic concepts in genetics. The material presented will coordinate with the afternoon class, Introduction to Genetics Databases.

Presenter: Susan McClatchy is a bioinformatician and research program manager at the Center for Genome Dynamics at the Jackson Laboratory, one of fifteen National Centers of Excellence in Systems Biology. She teaches Independent Studies in Computational Biology, a research course for talented youth. She received the AAAS Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction in May 2013, and enjoys working and teaching at the interface of biology, computing, and math.

Simply Put: Writing in Plain Language 

Participants will identify the problem of low health literacy, its definition, and how it impacts patient outcomes. Using three broad principles of writing in plain language they will critique and rewrite poorly worded sentences and brainstorm in small groups how to rewrite a sample handout. The workshop begins with a PowerPoint lecture on basic concepts of health literacy. A lecture with a handout for participants to follow on creating patient handouts is next. Using sample handouts the participants will do several hands-on activities to practice their new skills. We’ll end with a group discussion on health literacy roles that librarians have taken, starting with the instructors’ experience.

Presenter: Nancy Goodwin is the director of the Library & Knowledge Services Department at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT.  She has chaired the Patient Family Education Committee since 2009, working to make the principles of health literacy a part of every patient interaction.

Presenter: Margo Coletti is the director of Knowledge Services, a division of Information Systems at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in
Boston, where she has worked since 1981. Margo teaches clinicians and researchers at BIDMC how to integrate Plain Language principles and practices into the Informed Consent process.

 Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Introduction to Genetics Databases (Presenter: David Osterbur, Ph.D.)

This class will complement material learned in the morning class, Concepts in Genetics, by teaching participants about basic genetics databases and how to search them.

 Deciphering Clinical Statistics (Presenter: James McLellan, Ph.D.)

Not so confident about confidence intervals? Not sure what a p value is? Want to know how researchers calculate power? Come learn about these and other statistical topics. Strong math skills not required.

Registration fees for NAHSL 4 hour CE workshops:

·         Member $75.00

·         Non-Member $105.00

$50.00 cancellation fee after 10/10

Questions about continuing education? Contact Jeannine Gluck.

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