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Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

This week, I presented at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Higher Education Technical Assistance Program. The HETAP workshop included a New England Region Federal Panel. I had the pleasure to connect with Regional Administrators for HHS, HRSA, and SAMHSA. Each presented shared an overview of their services and funding opportunities.

The OMHRC presented about the services they provide to the public such as research assistance to prepare grants. The OMHRC is the nation’s largest repository of information on health issues specific to African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The OMRHC’s Information Services can help you identify the most current minority health data.

-Michelle Eberle

Description of the OMHRC

Information Services

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center researches and responds to telephone, e-mail and mail inquiries from the public. Examples of information we can assist with include database search results, funding sources and the most current data specific to a variety of health conditions and issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities.

All of our Information Specialists provide free, high-quality customized responses for health professionals, community/faith-based organizations, students, consumers and members of Congress on a variety of topics related to minority health and health disparities.

Information Specialists are available to provide searches on sources of federal and non-federal funding, the latest minority health research, and current data and statistics on a variety of health conditions and issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities. We are also able to provided limited quantities of consumer health publications.

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is also a referral service and Information Specialists can provide free assistance referring clients to health information or to relevant health organizations.

How do I request information?
Call: 1-800-444-6472 (English and Spanish)
TDD: 301-251-1432
Mail: Office of Minority Health Resource Center
PO Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
The toll-free telephone line is staffed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm eastern time, Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays). The toll-free line is accessible within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What kind of customized searches are available?
Information Specialists are available to offer the latest minority health information on a variety of health conditions and issues and resources. These searches include: current literature (research and peer review articles); national and local minority health data/statistics; and national and local resources, programs, events and materials for your community. Depending on the difficulty of the request, searches may take up to 5 business days to complete. An Information Specialist will work with you to make sure you receive the most accurate resources for your program.

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

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

Community Engagement with NLM Resources

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

If you are going to MLA in Texas, we hope you will come to the NLM Theater (in the exhibit hall) for the presentation on Community Engagement with National Library of Medicine Resources.  Michelle is co-presenting with Brenda Linares from UNC Chapel Hill.

We would love to have librarians attend who have led health information outreach projects.  We’ll have time for discussion and interaction during the presentation.  Hope you can join us!

Times:  Sunday, May 17th from 1-1:20 PM and on Tuesday, May 19th  from 12 – 12:20 PM

Hope to see you there!

Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy Coordinator

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