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Clear Communication Index Train-the-Trainer

Friday, December 20th, 2013

CDC Clear Communication Index Train-the-Trainer Webinar
January 28, 2013 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Presenter: Anne Conner, Littleton Regional Hospital, New Hampshire
Registration Information: NN/LM NER’s Training Calendar

Anne Conner, the NER’s Health Literacy COI Leader, created a brief presentation on the CDC Clear Communication Index to share with departments at her hospital. The CDC Clear Communication Index (Index) is a new research-based tool to plan and assess public communication materials. Cynthia Baur, the CDC’s Senior Advisor for Health Literacy, presented an introduction to the Index at our Community of Interest’s September webinar. You can watch the recording of the September webinar on our Health Literacy Community of Interest website.

The Index may be new to staff at your organization and presents a great opportunity to be the first to spread word about this helpful resource and use it to create and assess communication materials such as patient education resources. Anne will demo her presentation for you and share her experience working with diabetes education and the infusion department. You can borrow the presentation she created to use at your own hospital/organization.

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:

Hope you can join us!

Project: Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

SIS and the NLM’s Office of Health Information Programs Development funded a pilot project with the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville Preston Medical Library which involved the Alcoa Aluminum Company and the UT hospital’s wellness program to develop a “model” for employee benefits outreach that would include information on MedlinePlus.  The project was presented at the recent MLA Southern Chapter meeting.  Below is the abstract for the project and links to additional information and the toolkit.


Title: Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services

Authors: Ann Gonzalez, MSI, JD, Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP, Library Director, Associate Professor; Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and UT Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN

Question: To determine the most effective way to partner with employee benefits and occupational health personnel in the industrial sector in order to display the value of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and medical library services to industry employees who participate in employee wellness programs.

Setting: Preston Medical Library (PML), located at a 600‐bed academic medical center, has provided the Consumer & Patient Health Information Service (CAPHIS) and outreach to community groups and employees at local businesses for more than twenty years.

Method: An award was funded through the NLM for PML to develop a toolkit for medical libraries to use when reaching out to industry partners. Upon receipt of the funding PML began researching and collecting data on appropriate NIH and NLM resources for the selected industry partner. PML met with the Alcoa wellness contact to ascertain which resources and services would fit their needs.

Main results: Subsequent to meeting with the Alcoa wellness contact the following were developed: a series of newsletter pieces (7), biometric screening‐specific handouts, and “Your Wellness Moment” video files (7). Two health fairs were attended at Alcoa plants. An estimated 33% (n=116) and 44% (n=111) of attendees at the two fairs interacted with the PML booth and took informational material about our Consumer Health Information Service and Medline Plus magazines. Several attendees asked for more information on specific topics. To supplement the newsletter and video material, a LibGuide was created specifically for Alcoa. Another LibGuide, based on this material, was published for all types of businesses. Finally, a toolkit to assist medical libraries in reaching out to industry partners was created.




Conclusion:  We have had the opportunity to make a number of observations over the course of this project that will be useful to other medical libraries. The resources made available through NIH/NLM are viewed as valuable additions to the information currently disseminated by business wellness personnel.  Once aware of the resources, those personnel are likely to incorporate use of the NIH/NLM resources into their existing wellness programs. For that reason, there is merit in continuing to support outreach to businesses.

However, several constraints exist which should be considered.  In large national or international corporations, approval processes for implementing local or regional changes to wellness programming may require several months. Conditions such as economic constraints or business expansion will take priority and consume company resources that might have been planned for implementing changes or additions to the wellness program. Access to employees for assessment of the outreach, while ideal, is difficult due to work schedules, union rules, and general reluctance of the employees to participate. It is also likely that wellness personnel will be unavailable to participate in wellness outreach during the open enrollment period for insurance, which may vary by company.


Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP
Director, Preston Medical Library
Associate Professor
P: 865-305-6615

Vive la différence: New England Libraries & ACA Resources

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, Baystate Medical Center and NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI Leader

The launch of health insurance marketplaces highlights the differences among our six New England states.  One of the most notable differences is the number of insurers that offer qualifying plans.  New Hampshire offers just one insurance carrier through the federally designed website.  Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont residents may choose between two insurance carriers.  Maine residents use the federal website; Rhode Island and Vermont have new state websites.  Connecticut offers three insurance carriers through a state website.  Massachusetts, the forerunner of health care reform, has nine insurance carriers participating in the state-run program.  In 2014, Massachusetts residents may chose from ten carriers.

Below are links to resources for librarians across the six New England states.  According to this Boston Globe article , New Hampshire legislature prohibited accepting federal funds to promote ACA.  This may explain why there is no one, definitive webpage for NH librarians on ACA resources.

If anyone tries to tell you that all New Englanders are the same, here’s an example to disprove that!

Connecticut State Library,

Maine State Library,

Massachusetts Library System,

New Hampshire State Library,

Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services,

Vermont Department of Libraries,

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