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Archive for May, 2013

A National Web Conference on Using Health IT To Improve Outcomes in Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Populations

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

A National Web Conference on Using Health IT To Improve Outcomes in Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Populations
Date: June 3, 2013
Time: 10:30a.m-12:00 p.m., PST

Overall Purpose:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has identified a gap in health care and public health practitioners’ knowledge of health IT using multiple mechanisms, including the findings of the continuing education (CE) planning group. This series of Webinars is designed to increase practitioners’ ability to improve health care decisionmaking, support patient-centered care, and improve the quality and safety of care through the use of health IT. Health IT can enhance self-management and quality of life for patients within traditionally vulnerable or disadvantaged populations. This session will review the methodology and implementation of interventions that improve the health and well-being of three groups: diabetes patients of a publicly funded clinic, minority low-income pediatric patients, and people with intellectual disability (ID).

Confirmed Speakers:

Margaret Handley, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Melissa Stockwell, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University

James Rimmer, Ph.D., Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Moderator:
Angela Nunley, M.S.Ed., Program Analyst, AHRQ

To Register:
1. Go to: https://ahrqnrc-conferences.webex.com/ahrqnrc-conferences/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=998308800
2. Select “Register.”
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then select “Submit.”

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the event.

For assistance: Contact Jennifer Webb by email at jrwebb@rti.org or by phone at (919) 541-6746.

Disaster Summit: Report

Monday, May 20th, 2013

By Emily Glenn, Seattle BioMed

On March 26, 2013, Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest was held at Seattle BioMed in Seattle, WA. The event was made possible by a Regional Symposium award from NN/LM PNR. Image: USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

The goals of the symposium were to familiarize attendees with disaster issues and resources specific to the Pacific Northwest; share best practices in disaster information management; facilitate communication and cooperation among librarians and emergency planners; increase librarian attendees’ knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce; and raise attendees’ awareness about emergency preparedness and response tools and training resources offered through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The day began with an overview of a catastrophic “megathrust” earthquake in the Pacific Northwest and introduction to relevant USGS resources by Joan Gomberg of the USGS. Next, heard from John Schelling about Washington State Emergency Division Management efforts, including their Great Shake Out drill (coming in October). We also heard from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center about disaster health literature and tools. That afternoon, a panel on cultural competency provided insight into effective communication with non-English speakers during emergencies, particularly around requesting help and performing CPR. Panelists include Rodolfo Hurtado of Viva Hispanic Foundation; Hendrika Meischke of Health Services at University of Washington, and Mei Po Yip, General Internal Medicine, University of Washington. We rounded out the day with a presentation by Jennifer Chi from the Northwest Health Care Response network about unifying diverse response resources in Piece and King counties.

In addition to the presentations, three smaller breakout sessions were held in the afternoon. Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR, facilitated an information session about the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program. Marlita Reddy Hjelmfelt and Scott Reuters, both experienced in disaster communications, taught attendees about the VOST concept (Virtual Operations Support Teams). Radio technologies and alternative communication strategies were covered Bob Purdom, Telecommunications Field Engineer, Washington Military Department, and Monte Simpson, Communications Manager, Washington State Patrol.

The summit created an opportunity for cross-collaboration in the multidisciplinary event in the form of lots of face-to-face interaction between responders, policy makers, information leaders, and librarians. (Not surprisingly, many in attendance wore more than one of those hats.) Librarians learned more about participating in disaster preparedness and response in coordination with their workplace or community groups. For non-librarians, this event provided a window into the ways that information coordination could be enhanced with library or librarian resources. Throughout the day, many participants asked questions and expressed that they had learned new information. This kind of event reminds participants that it is important to be able to prepare for events – personally, at work, and in the community — every day.

Belfor provided partial sponsorship.

WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available from NLM

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The National Library of Medcine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nih.nlm.wiser. What’s new in this release:

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Managment (CHEMM) website – http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

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Congratulations to Network Member Vicki Croft

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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From Tania Bardyn, Director University of Washington Health Sciences Library and NN/LM PNR:

Congratulations to Vicki Croft on receiving the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists Award at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  We could not be more proud that someone from the Pacific Northwest Region was so key to creating the organization and being a strong voice for medical librarians in the State of Washington and on the West Coast!

 

 

Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2013: NLM Theater Presentations

Friday, May 10th, 2013

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If you missed the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting this year, you can still catch all the updates that were presented at the NLM booth in the exhibit hall!  The presentation recordings are listed below and are accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/dist_edu.html#mla.  To listen to the recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player which you can download for free from the Adobe web site.

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