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Focus on NLM Resources Webinar: HealthReach

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

HealthReach (formerly RHIN) will be the subject of the next National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Focus on NLM Resources webinar.

Presenter: Laura Bartlett, Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  Thursday, May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

HealthReach ( is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Resources include:


  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health


During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated, and new initiatives such as the funding and acquisition of new materials will be discussed.

Funding Information Session-Disaster Health Info Outreach 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

As previously announced on April 22, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

An open information session will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. Log in via Adobe Connect and/or dial in (see login information below) to learn about this opportunity and ask questions about the solicitation and its requirements. A member of the NLM Contracts and Acquisition team will be on the call to address questions. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on


For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit


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Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The journal “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks. Topics include: crisis preparedness framework, tools for outbreak communication, information management and access, mass media/social media, and more.

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at:

Please contact if you have any questions regarding submission.

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine Health Care Workforce COI

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest is offering a webinar next week. Please see the details below:


TITLE: Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  2:00-3:00. Online.

INSTRUCTORS: Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

Meredith Solomon, MLS.  Education and Outreach Coordinator.  National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

DESCRIPTION:  This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal,, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resource available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center.  These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

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