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Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Project

*Small group learning experience via teleconference, limited to 20 participants

Is your library committed to making inroads with community partners? We invite you to learn outcomes-based planning in an online group setting. Our group will explore health information outreach project planning. Examples of community outreach include: inviting a community partner to do health screenings at your location; hosting wellness classes taught by a community partner; teaching health information classes at a community partner’s location; or collaborating with partners to bring in guest speakers on health topics. We will use the Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Booklets, a series of three booklets from The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC).

Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach
Thursday, October 29th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
We’ll discuss the best approaches to get organized to perform a literature search, identify our stakeholders and gather community information.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects
Tuesday, December 1st 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Come learn how to connect activities to outcomes with a logic model. Participants will have a chance to share ideas for outreach to community partners and get feedback from others.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data
Thursday, January 14th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) leadership will go over the ins and outs of data collection methods. We will learn how to analyze data for quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Health Information Outreach Project Planning and Evaluation Showcase
Tuesday, April 12th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Share your completed worksheets and activities from the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects booklets. The showcase is open to all NER network members interested to learn more about getting started with community-based outreach, planning outcomes-based outreach projects, and collecting and analyzing evaluation data.

What You Will Get from the Experience:

  • The Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects Booklets
  • Peer support for planning outreach to community partners
  • Independent study of booklets in advance of group discussion
  • 8 Medical Library Association CE units

Register on our training calendar.

You can attend all sessions, or teleconference of your choice. We hope you will attend all. Attendees who attend all four teleconferences may receive 8 Medical Library Association CE units (pending approval).

This project is led by Margot Malachowski (Baystate Health), Michelle Eberle (NN/LM NER), Cindy Olney (NN/LM OERC), and Karen Vargas (NN/LM OERC) and sponsored by the NN/LM Healthy Communities COI (Community of Interest).

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Our NN/LM NER Network Members are the strength of our organization. To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, the NN/LM NER will highlight our network members. We would like to feature profiles about information professionals in the New England Region.  This will begin in October and continue throughout the year. Our goal is to learn more about you and what you do as well as provide an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with the New England Region. Please let us know if you would like to be featured! No special accomplishments are required, we just want you to share what you do. Contact Meredith Solomon, or 508-856-5964.  Please put “National Medical Librarians Month” in the subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you.

CommunicateHealth Webinars

Librarians  HeartHealth Literacy

We have a crush on health literacy. Maybe you do, too. Or maybe you only like it as a friend. And of course it’s possible that you have no idea what health literacy is. Whatever kind of relationship you have, it’s about to get better. Join us on Thursday, November 19th at 10:30 AM for a webinar chock full of practical health literacy tips and tricks from Stacy Robison, President of CommunicateHealth and creator of the weekly We Heart Health Literacy series.

Make an Impact with Your Online Content: Design for Usability and Accessibility

Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM for a webinar that delves into the latest evidence-based, applied tips to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences — particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills. Using the latest version of HHS’ Health Literacy Online, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, Director of User-Centered Design at CommunicateHealth, will walk us through the latest research trends to make your online (including mobile!) health content effective and impactful.

Presenter Bios

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, President and co-founder of CommunicateHealth, Inc. started the business at age 30… in her attic. 7 short years later, CommunicateHealth has 40 employees — and an impressive roster of government and private sector clients.

CommunicateHealth was founded on a core principle: people deserve clear and simple information about their health. Under Stacy’s direction, the CommunicateHealth team has won numerous awards for their work on consumer health websites and plain language materials. Their clients include CVS Pharmacy, UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Stacy has been a key player in the field of health literacy for the past decade, helping to develop several tools and resources for health professionals. In 2013, Stacy and the CommunicateHealth team launched We Heart Health Literacy — a light-hearted weekly email tip delivered to the inboxes of more than 1,200 subscribers.

Sandy Williams Hilfiker, MA, Director of User-Centered Design and Principal of CommunicateHealth, Inc., is a leading expert in the design and development of consumer health websites and e-health tools for users with limited health literacy skills and limited experience with the web. With experience testing websites, apps, and print materials with well over 2,000 limited literacy users and public health professionals, her expertise in the intersection of health literacy and usability is unparalleled. She is a passionate advocate for user-centered design spending over a decade dedicated to health communication and usability research. Sandy served as a Lead Editor for both editions of Health Literacy Online.

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Redesigned NLM HIV/AIDS Site Launched



The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new Web site, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the Web site content on their mobile device. The Web site is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the Web site was constructed by user feedback received through a Web site survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in Web site navigation, including a menu on all pages of the Web site that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource Web site are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource Web site. Please send your comments to:

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