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Archive for 2014

It’s Funding Season Again At NN/LM PNR

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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It’s not too late for Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to consider submitting a proposal for an NN/LM PNR award! We have a new suite of funding opportunities to inspire outreach in your communities or new projects within your organizations.  We’d love to see some more statements of intent to apply by the deadline of July 29th.

As you plan activities for the Fall, consider applying for the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award — for up to $5,000 to increase awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Or, maybe a Health Information Services Award is just the ticket, funded up to $5,000, to support projects that promote the value of health information services within an organization or for the community.

If you need support for purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software, consider applying for a Technology Improvement Award for up to $10,000.

Or, you may want funding (up to $10,000) to plan and host an event sparking interest and participation by colleagues from around the region, via a Regional Symposium award.

For each award, proposals will be accepted until August 19, 2014. However, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than July 29, 2014 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

We also offer ongoing funding (ranging from $500 to $2,000) to support costs for professional development, library student scholarship , assessment and planning, training, and exhibit activities. These ongoing awards are available until funds are expended.

Lastly, if you need funding to carryout a project, but you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available award categories, please drop us a line (nnlm@uw.edu) by July 29 and briefly describe your idea so we can discuss the possibilities with you.

Visualization Literacy

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

With an increase of technology tools available for data reporting and visualization (be sure to check out some of our Outreach Evaluation Resource Center Reporting and Visualizing tools at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools) sometimes it’s challenging to know how to best use them to clearly communicate the intended meaning of the data. The concept of visualization literacy and a broader theme of visual literacy are often not included as part of the instructions guiding people in the steps to create their own visualization design.

A recent entry by Andrew Kirk on the blog of Seeing Data, a research project in the United Kingdom studying how people understand big data visualizations shown in the media, offers a great review of 8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualization Literacy that are freely available and well worth a read to better understand both visual and visualization literacy. Their featured articles include resources ranging from the importance of Visual Literacy in an Age of Data to How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics, and Seeing Data has asked that you share additional ones with them via blog comments or their Twitter social media account @SeeingData.

Free Online TOXNET Class Offered This Fall

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” October 20 – November 14, 2014.  Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.  The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules. (more…)

PNR Rendezvous for July 23 – Salud Se Puede

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Salud Se Puede (Good Health Is Possible): Promotoras and Health Information Needs in the Latino Community presented by Seth Doyle of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association and Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center.

July 23, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Community Health Workers (CHWs) continue to gain national recognition as valuable, if not essential, members of the healthcare workforce.  According to a 2007 CHW Workforce Study conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), there were 86,000 CHWs in the United States in 2000, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this to be among the fastest growing occupations in the health care field.  CHWs go by many names, including outreach worker, peer health educator, and patient navigator.  In Spanish speaking communities CHWs are commonly referred to as promotores(as) de salud.  CHWs play a vital role in facilitating health care access, while addressing disparities and improving health outcomes.  Seth Doyle will provide a brief overview of the CHW model and review current examples of CHW practices and initiatives.

Building from this overview, Cindy Olney will describe a story-based method used to assess the Health Information Hispanic Outreach (HIHO) Colonias Project conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center Library.  Promotores de sauld who worked with low-income Hispanic neighborhoods (colonias) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley were trained to use MedlinePlus en español to help residents find information about their health concerns. The stories collected throughout this project illustrated in detail how colonias residents benefitted from the promotoras’ health information outreach activities.

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.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future PNR Rendezvous webcasts.

Webinar: Storytelling 101: Evolving Your Story and the Way You Tell It

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) National Meeting included this session that will be offered as a webinar on July 30, 2014 at 1pm Eastern.  Attendees will get an overview of the process and tips for developing and delivering a story in the most effective and powerful way possible – to support their community, their mission, and their goals.  Participants will learn from examples of consumers who have successfully applied the core storytelling elements to their work.  Featured spacers are AF4Q consumers Vazaskia Caldwell, Kathy Day, Alicia Staley, Patty Black, along with Dr. Josh Cutler.

July 30, 2014, 1pm – 2:30pm Eastern

All are welcome!  For log-in information visit the AF4Q site: http://forces4quality.org/dashboard/events/show/448

The Washington Health Alliance, a NN/LM PNR member is an Aligning Forces for Quality community: http://wahealthalliance.org

Spring Award Recipients

Monday, July 7th, 2014

In addition to recently announced recipients for Medical Library Pilot Projects, and Express Outreach Awards, the NN/LM PNR congratulates other Spring 2014 award recipients in these award categories, as follows.

Two network member organizations received Health Disparities Information Outreach awards aimed at increasing awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Project Title: Somali Cultural Profile Health Disparities Information Project
Project Manager: Christine Wilson Owens, EthnoMed Program Supervisor, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Summary: Update and enhance the Somali Cultural Profile and create a new Somali Community Resources page on the Ethnomed website to keep the already widely used resource relevant to the current cultural and health experience of Somali immigrants in Seattle (and beyond), with the aim of reducing health disparities.

Project Title: Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare utilizing Teatro Milagro (a theatre presentation) as a medium for change
Project Manager: Judith Hayes, Library Services Manager, Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro, OR
Summary: Collaborate with Teatro Milagro in bringing a unique theater-based interactive presentation to create dialog and foster self-reflection in the areas of cultural diversity and health disparities. The goals of the project are to: Increase awareness of health disparities in Western Washington County (Tuality Healthcare’s service area); increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality Healthcare; and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Two network member organizations received Health Information Services awards to promote the value of health information services.

Project Title: FD CARES Community Education Outreach
Project Manager: Laura Morris, City of Tacoma, Fire Department, Tacoma, WA
Summary: To create supplemental materials to enhance current chronic illness education program for residents and staff at local Tacoma care facilities.

Project Title: Building a Healthier Community in Western Washington County through improving knowledge of health resources
Project Manager: Judith Hayes, Library Services Manager, Tuality Health Information Resource Center, Hillsboro, OR
Summary: Tuality Health Information Resource Center and the Tuality Community Education Department will increase the visibility of both departments in the community by providing reliable health information at local health fairs and community events, and working with local school health teachers and parish nurses.

Last, but not least, one Technology Improvement Award was made:

Project Title: Kalispell Regional Hospital Patient Portal Education Access
Project Manager: Heidi Sue Adams, Lead Medical Librarian, Kalispell Regional Medical Center Library, Kalispell, MT
Summary: To provide access points (in-hospital computers and mobile devices) to patients at KRH—including patient discharge instructions, educational information, health summary information, and translation services. Training will be provided to staff and patients on how to use these new services.

Please note: The above projects were proposed during Spring 2014, and funding was awarded in April. Coming soon will be our announcement of a *new* round of funding opportunities, so stay tuned!