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HOSA-National Library of Medicine Health Information Ambassador program to begin in August 2015

News from the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and HOSA announce the HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot program will begin in Utah at the start of the fall academic year.

The HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot encourages high school students (within HOSA chapters) to be familiar with – and teach peers how to use – MedlinePlus.gov and evidence-based health information resources on the Internet. The pilot encourages the development of Health Information Ambassadors among high school students within HOSA chapters. Health Information Ambassadors are identified through a knowledge – and Internet capability – screening test that was developed at NLM. High school students who receive a high score on the screening test receive a certificate designating them as HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors.

Moreover, certified HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors are then encouraged to give talks (or develop media) to encourage peer use of MedlinePlus.gov, NLM’s consumer health website for patients and their families, and evidence-based health information resources. Persons who receive high audience evaluations for their presentations (by peers) can receive an additional HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit.

Finally, HOSA chapters can receive a program participation certificate if two or more students receive HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit. Read more »

Technology Improvement Award Brings Portable Health Literacy Training Lab to Legacy Health

Submitted by Cindy Ramzy, MSLS, Senior Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR, cramzy@lhs.org

As a recipient of a 2014 NNLM/PNR Technology Improvement Award, Legacy Health System’s Library Services was able to create a portable computer lab to bring hands-on training of clinical electronic resources to a Legacy campus for the first time.

One of the key tenets of information literacy, as it relates to healthcare professionals, is the ability to identify appropriate information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information. Legacy Library Services provides access to numerous high-quality electronic resources that are available to fill the knowledge-based information needs of our organization. Library Services makes information literacy training available to staff at all five Legacy campuses to increase awareness of these resources and to ensure fluency in effective search skills. Our goal with this project was to acquire computer hardware and equipment to bring our library literacy classes to the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (LGS), which lacks training facilities, and had not previously been the setting for any live interactive training sessions. With this award, we purchased 6 laptop computers (plus storage and charging equipment and a portable projector), in order to offer 13 training sessions to the staff of Legacy Good Samaritan (LGS) on their own campus. In addition, the equipment was used to train the staff of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department in the use of library electronic resources at one of their staff meetings. Read more »

PubMed for Trainers in Seattle

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Consider applying for a PNR Professional Development Award for travel costs. Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Seattle. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  • Experience peer collaboration and learning

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Member Profile: Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

This member organization profile was contributed by Elise Miller, MEd, Director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.

Please tell us about CHE’s work.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) works to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health. CHE does this by bringing attention to emerging environmental health research and catalyzing collaborative, prevention-oriented initiatives towards upstream solutions and interventions. Founded in 2002 as a program of Commonweal, CHE is an international partnership of almost 5,000 individuals and organizations in 79 countries and all 50 US states, including scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned citizens, committed to improving human health across the lifespan.

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Upcoming PNR Rendezvous June 17 – PubMed Update

pubmedJoin us this Wednesday, June 17th, to hear about recent changes in PubMed. Rebecca Brown, a trainer with the National Library of Medicine Training Center, will demonstrate PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the removal of the Citation Status Tag in the Summary view and database “rescues”. Bring your questions!, NN/LM PNR June 17, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain).

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later. Read more »

NCBI Training Opportunities

Want to know more about the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources, for yourself or your researchers? Please see the  task-specific online tutorials about NCBI databases. In addition, the NN/LM’s National Training Center offers online training for TOXNET, in a 4-week asynchonous class. Dates for the next class are: Monday October 5, 2015 – November 2, 2015.

NCBI also provides online webinars on genome and genetics research. Archived content for past webinars is available. A in-person workshop will be held June 30 – July 2, 2015 at the City of Hope National Medical Center – Duarte, CA. Please consider applying for a NN/LM PNR Professional Development Award to attend.