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Archive for 2014

Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Opportunities: How to Become a Certified Application Counselor and Marketplace Enrollment Information

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Thinking about having a Certified Application Counselor on staff to help with this year’s Affordable Care Act enrollment? Join this webinar on Thursday from the Partnership Center to learn how you can become a CAC Organization and Champion for Coverage. Or if you just want to be informed and get ready for enrollment (begins November 15) you might be interested to check out the Health Insurance Marketplace 101 webinar coming up next week:
Webinars on the Health Care Law
The HHS Partnership Center has updated webinars on the health care law for faith and community organizations. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.
To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. You may also join the webinar by telephone only. All webinars are one hour.

How to Become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization and Champion for Coverage
October 23 at 1 pm ET
(Noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT)
To Join By Phone Only, Dial +1 (415) 655-0051, Access Code: 581-376-365
For those joining by phone only, the Pin Number is the # key.
Certified Application Counselors (CACs) are volunteers who enroll people in the Health Insurance Marketplace. CAC organizations train CACs and plan enrollment events. Champions for Coverage educate people in their community about the health care law and receive invitations to conference calls and webinars. Please join us on October 23 at 1 pm ET to learn more about CACs, CAC organizations and Champions for Coverage. Please email by October 23 at 10 am ET with any questions.
For more information on the Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program and basic eligibility criteria go to:

Getting Ready to Enroll: Health Insurance Marketplace 101
October 29 at 3 pm ET
(2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, Noon PT)
To Join By Phone Only: Dial +1 (702) 489-0004, Access Code: 818-992-963
For those joining by phone only, the Pin Number is the # key

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 15, 2014 with coverage available as early as January 1, 2015. This presentation will discuss how to enroll in the Marketplace, key websites and resources on the law. We will also discuss how to host an enrollment event. Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar. Please send any questions to prior to October 29 at noon ET.

New Versions of MedlinePlus Mobile Sites Released

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are and

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

  • Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
  • Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
  • Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
  • Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus ( when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at and  Send feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘To End AIDS, Commit to Act‘ – ‘Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.

Established in 2003, the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day campaign works annually at building capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments in order to reach Latino communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care. The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations organize this day.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which now guides all federal HIV/AIDS-related efforts and programs, recognizes the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanics/Latinos communities. Although Hispanics/Latinos represent about 16% of the US population, they account for an estimated 21% of new infections each year. In 2010, the estimated rate of new HIV infection among Hispanics/Latinos in the US was more than three times as high as that of whites.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a number of factors contribute to the HIV epidemic in Hispanic/Latino communities. These include greater overall number of people with HIV, high rates for other STDs, complex socioeconomic factors, and fear of discrimination or legal action. To build support and encourage action around these issues, the CDC offers several campaigns that encourage Latinos to talk openly about HIV/AIDS with their families, friends, partners and communities.

If you provide resources for Hispanic/Latino populations in your community, consider adding these to your toolbox: Resources for Your Health: Get Connected! Latino Health! From NN/LM, Hispanic American Health on Medline Plus, Spanish language resources from Federal agencies from, and the Spanish-language AIDS information site, Infosida, which combines information derived from several authoritative resources. Learn more about health disparities at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities site.


Health Insurance Exchange: One year anniversary

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the launch of the Health Insurance Exchange and the chaos surrounding it!

Enrollment for the Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins November 15, 2014 and goes to February 15, 2015. Many individuals enrolled last year and some changes have occurred. For instance, Oregon’s Cover Oregon website remains a place to start but Oregon has switched to using for its Health Insurance Exchange source.

Those involved in the Health Insurance Exchange process may want to take some time to review the information in preparation for those seeking help when enrolling for the coming year.

A new feature to the Pacific Northwest Region’s Affordable Care Act page is a section of information specific to such populations as Seniors, Americans with Disabilities, Immigrant and Refugee Populations, LGBTQ community, Farm and Migrant Workers, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and Veterans. These particular populations often have concerns regarding their rights and responsibilities that others do not face. We want to make sure all populations have the information they need when it comes to the Health Insurance Exchange.

PNR Update

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Fall is a busy season! Here’s a quick summary about what’s happening in the NN/LM PNR.

New Coordinators in the NN/LM PNR
• Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 15, 2014
• Emily Glenn, MSLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 22, 2014

Former PNR coordinators appointed to new positions at University of Washington (UW)
• Gail Kouame, MLS, Assistant Director for HEALWA (, effective August 18, 2014
• Mahria Lebow, MLIS, UW Data Repository Librarian, effective October 1, 2014

Update at Quint*Essential meeting
If you are attending the Quint Meeting in Denver, don’t miss the Quint*Essential Update of the NN/LM on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am in the Evergreen Ballroom A-D. The program will include a Conversation Cafe and also a Crowd Source session to enlist your bold ideas and suggestions for ways the NN/LM could support you. This is a chance to think creatively and “dream big.” We look forward to hearing your input!

October is Medical Librarians Month!
To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the critical resources and services you provide to your institution, the NN/LM PNR is sponsoring a contest. Enter the contest by writing a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have made a difference, addressing one or more of these questions:

• Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
• Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
• Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

Tell us your story! We will accept entries until October 31. All stories will be published on Dragonfly. The winner will receive a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem. Please send your story by October 31 to with the subject line, “Medical Librarians Month.” Good luck!

Funding Opportunities Coming Soon
The next NN/LM PNR award cycle is just around the corner in early 2015. We will solicit applications to support outreach projects, new health information services or skill building events and workshops.

So, what ideas do *you* have? Send us a short summary of what you would like to do with funding support. Our goal is to issue a call for proposals relevant to regional needs and ideas. Send your project ideas to with the subject line “Ideas for Funding” by November 7

Upcoming Professional Development Events
Next up for PNR Rendezvous: Wednesday, November 19 at 1pm Pacific Time, Jane Saxton and Jennifer Beardsley from Bastyr University will present about innovative ways to support a case-based medical curriculum. To join, go here and login as a Guest, using your own name: New to PNR Rendezvous? Go here for instructions on testing your system:

MLA Webinars Available for Sponsorship
The PNR will sponsor sites to host one or more webinars in the Medical Library Association Fall Webinar Series. For group viewings, NN/LM PNR will pay registration fees for selected sites that agree to host and promote the webcast for colleagues in their area. Individual registration is also available if a group viewing is not possible.

Here are the webinars slated for Fall:

o Beyond the Search I: Protocol Development and Methodology for Systematic Reviews
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., CT
o Beyond Citation Counts: Practical Skills for Measuring Research Impact
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., CT
o Marketing and Advocacy
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., CT
o Beyond the Search II: Data Management for Systematic Reviews
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., CT
o Mobile Apps
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., CT

Please contact Susan Meyers,,by Friday, October 10, 2014, if you are an NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Network Member (or would like to become a member) interested in hosting the webcast for your institution and your local colleagues, or in viewing it yourself. For more information, see

PNR Staff News

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Mahria Lebow has accepted a new appointment at the University of Washington as Data Repository Librarian. Effective October 1, she will oversee the design and development of the UW Data Repository. This is a new initiative at UW Libraries, propelled in part by the Obama Administration memorandum on public access to the results of federally funded research and data.

Since May 2012, Mahria has served the region as the PNR Regional Technology Coordinator. She has provided numerous webinars, presentations and workshops, and staffed many exhibits at health and technology conferences to promote emerging technologies and emerging roles for librarians. Mahria also served on a planning committee for the Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success Forum, a half-day event that was broadcast jointly via videoconference at the UW, the University of Utah and Oregon Health & Science University. She developed a study to evaluate participant experience with a distance learning tool she used to introduce and explore iPads in a closed online sharing platform. Mahria also served on a multi-library planning group that hosted the Science Boot Camp West for 92 participants in Seattle in July 2014. As part of the boot camp, Mahria co-taught a half-day workshop on Data Librarianship, which was very well received.

Please join me in congratulating Mahria and wishing her continued success in her new position!