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Emergency Preparedness Updates

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A few new developments in emergency preparedness…

Recent Service Continuity Class

NER recently offered the four session course on Developing Your Library’s Service Continuity Plan. Four libraries prepared a 10-Step Service Continuity Plan developed by the folks who brought you Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit (Dan Wilson). The course has been offered by NER since 2009. Since then more than a dozen libraries have developed their own service continuity plans.

Disaster Specialization

The Medical Library Association is developing a Disaster Preparedness Specialization for its members. Five new courses are being developed for the Disaster Information Specialization. The courses are being developed through a collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

The focus for the DIS is to develop the capacity of librarians to provide disaster-related health information outreach. The plan would have DIS participants taking a specific number of classes to reach one of two levels: The first level of the specialization would be for those who desire a basic familiarity with disaster information resources. The second level is for those who wish to gain additional training.

Two courses are being launched at the MLA Conference in Seattle:

  1. U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
    (taught by Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper) on
    Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
  2. Information Roles in Disaster Management
    (taught by Robin Featherstone) that same afternoon from 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Contact Kathleen Combs at MLA for more details on these classes and the Disaster Information Specialization.

Consult your Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Resources and reports are constantly being developed and refreshed at the Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit. Recent reports include summaries of The Earthquake Summit held in San Francisco earlier this year. And the NN/LM Hurricane Summit recently held in Miami.


Funding Announcement: Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hello everyone,

We want to announce that we are re-establishing our time line for funded projects. Because of our new contract we are advancing the solicitation of funded projects. The time line is being changed so that project performance periods will coincide with our own fiscal year. The plan is to have funded projects being May 2012. In order to do that we are announcing the RFPs now.

As in the previous years our funded projects fall into

1. Express Outreach Awards
2. Health Information Outreach Subcontracts
3. Knowledge Management Pilot Sites Funding.

The full solicitations are available on our funding page. This year we are asking proposal submitters to notify NER of your intent to submit a proposal. This helps give us an idea of the proposals to expect and we can notify the COIs and organize the appropriate reviewing teams.

Express Outreach
is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design. Funding amounts are generally under $8,000.

• Multiple projects throughout the region will be funded.
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before March 1, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance period should not exceed 12 months.

Health Information Outreach Subcontracts
assist Network members and other health-related agencies in providing information services and training to audiences not normally reached.

• $25,000 is available to fund one or more projects
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before February 24, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance Period should not exceed 12 months.

Knowledge Management funding stimulates innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. Pilot sites will develop Knowledge Management practices tailored to their institutional needs. Please note the link to the Field Guide developed as a resource for KM implementation.

• $12,500 is available to fund one or more projects
• Proposals are due January 20, 2012.
• Approved projects will be contacted on or before February 24, 2012.
• Funded projects can begin their performance period May 1, 2012. Performance Period should not exceed 12 months.

This note was previously posted on our Funding Opportunities mailing list. Contact the NER with questions or your intent to submit a proposal.

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!

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