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RFI for NIH-wide Strategic Plan

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

[Guest post:  NIH]

National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director
Bethesda, MD 20892

Date: July 21, 2015

Dear Colleague,

In order to advance the NIH mission, we are developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

I invite you to review the framework in our Request for Information (RFI: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-118.html) and on the NIH website (http://www.nih.gov/about/strategic-plan), and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=46). I encourage stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. We also will be hosting webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. I appreciate your time and consideration in assisting us with this effort.

Sincerely,

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director, NIH

Webinar: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) and the development of Collect SMART: Survey Management and Response Tools for assessing the health of your community

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Tuesday, July 28th 3:00pm ET

Validated methods for assessing the health of one’s community before or after disasters is an important part of public health preparedness and response. Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is a versatile data collection method that can be implemented to rapidly assess community health needs following a disaster or to assess community preparedness. This webinar will describe a collaborative effort between the CDC-funded UNC PERLC, a local health department in North Carolina, and preparedness staff in Texas that developed a pilot test of mobile data collection software and training materials.

http://www.aspph.org/event/aspph-presents-community-assessment-for-public-health-emergency-response-casper-and-the-development-of-collect-smart-survey-management-and-response-tools-for-assessing-the-health-of-your-community/

APHA Sewell Stipend Application Extension

Friday, July 17th, 2015

[Guest post by Helena M. VonVille]

This is a great opportunity to attend the American Public Health Association Annual Conference.

Calling all public health librarians or those who work in some capacity in public health—-

It’s not too late to submit—but it will be if you don’t get it in by MIDNIGHT CST JULY 22!

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is now July 22, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers

Helena M. VonVille, MLS, MPH
Library Director
University of Texas School of Public Health Houston, TX Helena.M.VonVille@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-9131
713-500-9125 (fax)

“Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

[Guest Post by Dawn Brown]march into may 2015 FACEBOOK BANNER

How do you get the community involved in a wellness program that centers around Libraries? That was our question last fall, as we created the “Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program.  Here at Springvale Public Library, we had created many ‘in house’ wellness programs for our employees and thought, why not convert this fun idea into a community wide program?  So we did.

With the help of a talented and highly valued volunteer, we brainstormed our initial idea into an actual game board.  We then invited our neighbors Goodall Memorial Library, Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Partners for Healthier Communities and Sanford Institution for Savings to join us.  There were many meetings and lots of enthusiasm for this out-of-the- box idea before it was launched on March 1st.

The program was in the form of a game in which participants completed various ‘healthy’ tasks listed that marched them through a game board.  Examples of tasks included:  going for walks, attending a Library program, exercising at the YMCA, checking out a cookbook from the Library, exploring  your roots at Ancestry.com and  16 other health-related tasks.  As each task was completed they were able to come into either Library and get their game board stamped and earn raffle tickets for donated prizes from local organizations.  Wild spaces also allowed participants to choose their own healthy option for the day.  The program ran from March 1st to May 11th.

We were thrilled to have 144 people sign up; the first 25 at each library received a pedometer.  During the 10 week program we had a steady stream of participants visiting the library.  We concluded the program with a “Celebrate Spring” event that featured a smoothie blender bike, various venders promoting health and wellness, a mini book sale, a local band and of course PRIZES for our participants.

Our goal was to raise awareness about the important role that Libraries play in the community and how they can offer many resources to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Where else can you go to check out books on wellness or exercise DVDs and attend an educational program?

Overall, we feel the program was a huge success and we’re planning on doing it again with a few tweaks.  It was a great collaboration with local organizations and the feedback from our community was tremendous and very positive.  A win-win for both Libraries and participants and most importantly, it was FUN!

By Dawn Brown,  Assistant Library Director

Springvale Public Library

Springvale, Maine

 

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