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Funded Projects for 2011-2012

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Earlier this summer NER issued its funding solicitations announcing the availability of funding for outreach and other health information activities. I am happy to present below the list of awardees and their projects that have already commenced. This year Communities of Interest were involved in reviewing projects in conjunction with NER’s internal review.

Audiences reached by funded projects are:

  • Older adults in urban settings
  • Oral health patients in rural New Hampshire
  • Emergency department visitors
  • Providers in sports medicine
  • Providers at emergency department
  • Community health workers

Institution Project Title/Description

Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Worcester
Health Literacy, Your Knowledge Your Health
Course and tutorial development on health information resources for community health workers

Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton NH
Dental Health and Education Project
Oral health interventions for emergency department visitors, providers (teach-back technique), and mobile public health dental clinic

Maine Medical Center, Portland
Clinical and Academic Resource Center
Knowledge Management Pilot Site: Creating a repository of local content to support knowledge management services

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus Helping Older Adults Search for Reliable Sources of Information
Health information training for older adults at community centers using mobile computer classroom

Massachusetts General Hospital, Chelsea MA (Two projects)
Upgrading and Enhancing ARCH Training
Technology implementation and health information training for aging populations

Funded projects spread the work of conducting outreach throughout the New England Region and are a key part of NER programs. Congratulations to our funded projects!

Join our Communities of Interest

Friday, July 1st, 2011

As we’ve started our new five year contract our Communities of Interest have been shaping their plans for the year. The Communities of Interest are established to engage those interested in learning about issues and trends that affect libraries and health care institutions. We are calling these broad issues Focus Areas.

NER programs in instruction or funding outreach throughout the region will address issues related to a particular Focus Area. COIs will also be involved in reviewing and scoring funding opportunities related to their focus area. Below are (once more) the focus areas and a brief description.

The idea of Communities of Interest is to learn together so that information providers can reflect and respond to changes and trends affecting their users and customers.

Communities of Interest will develop dynamically: folks may want to participate actively in shaping COI programs and learning sessions or participate by attending sessions and providing input as you can. Librarians and others can participate in more than one Community of Interest, there’s lots to learn. You can participate by assisting in developing a program or participate by showing up and contributing to the discussion.

COI Leaders have been enlisted to lead the direction of discussion, encourage input, and communicate with COI participants. Leaders may work with a core group of COI participants to plan learning programs or review funding proposals. NER Coordinators work closely with Leaders to provide resources and help in identifying areas of learning. Communities of Interest (COIs) can submit program proposals for all day programs to be organized for the region. Your COI Leaders for Healthy Communities and Health Literacy have already introduced themselves!

Many of you have already enlisted in a COI by subscribing to the appropriate emailing list via our Constant Contact email system. To receive those mailings you can go to the NER news subscription system.

Focus Areas

Health Care Workforce: This focus area is concerned with issues and trends related to the composition, distribution, preparation, and ongoing development of students and professionals in the health care setting. The Health Care Workforce area examines the information needs of diverse health care professionals, the education levels for health care certification, the expansion of health care access in rural and metropolitan areas, cultural competency in health care, among many other issues.

Healthy Communities: This focus area relates to approaches in community-based problem solving that address local health care issues. These problems or issues are usually related to preventive medicine, healthy lifestyle and behavior choices. Healthy Communities are based on a broader definition of health than previously considered, understanding common values and developing a shared vision and ownership of problem solving approaches.

Health Literacy: This theme deals with the communication of information and the critical literacy skills needed for personal and community empowerment. Promoting health literacy involves fostering new skills for health sciences librarians moving beyond acquiring a basic understanding of health literacy issues.

HealthIT: The HealthIT theme is concerned with the dramatic changes affecting health care by the mandated adoption of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). These changes are widespread and affect hospitals, large and small practices, and those state system offices charged with establishing its infrastructure.

eScience: This focus area will continue to explore the expansion of library services to include the management, curation, and dissemination of locally produced data sets resulting from large and small scale research. eScience describes the collaboration among computationally intensive science disciplines that create data sets that are captured, transported, stored, organized, accessed, mined, visualized, and interpreted in order to extract knowledge.

We are excited about the Region’s Communities of Interest. We hope you are too!

Spring RAC Meeting: Please Join Us!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

You are invited to the Regional Advisory Council Meeting on April 15th to hear about new directions for our next 5 year contract.

Spring Theme Image

Our next contract will establish defined focus areas from which our programs will develop. These five focus areas Health care workforce, Healthy communities, Health literacy, HealthIT, and eScience will form the basis of our training programs and funding for all of our populations: member libraries, health professionals, consumers. Here are brief descriptions: (more…)

NER Technology Instructor

Friday, July 9th, 2010

NER has enlisted the services of Rita Gavelis as a Technology Instructor for New England NNLM members. Full Members are eligible to arrange for Rita to come to their location and hold small group sessions on a variety of topics and tools such as:

* Information Management: RSS, LibraryThing, open source tools;

* Collaboration: wikis, Skype and group conferencing tools;

* Tools development and tutorials for teaching: Delicious, LibGuides, screencasting;

* Social Networking and advanced Internet searching.

Rita has been the Technology Trainer / Consultant for the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System for the last five years, and has taught technology-based topics for both the Connecticut and Rhode Island State Libraries as well as the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She has over 20 years of teaching and library experience, and enjoys the challenges of introducing emerging technologies into multi-type libraries.

To arrange a class with Rita, contact her at rita.gavelis@umassmed.edu or call her directly at 978/662-2219 or 617/605.0104. Let Rita know you are an NN/LM member.

Members requesting a session should consider pairing up with one or more members for small group learning. Members should arrange to provide Internet access for the location. The Technology Instructor is also available for group sessions like your state health sciences library associations.

Feel free to contact Javier (javier.crespo@umassmed.edu) directly if you have any questions.

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