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

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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. (more…)

PubMed for Trainers in Seattle

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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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NCBI Training Opportunities

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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.

 

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.

Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos. (more…)

Neighborhood Health Link connects consumers in King and Pierce counties to health-promoting resources in their communities

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Two librarians at a table at Health Fest at the Seattle Center

Carol Cahill and Michelle Chapdelaine demonstrate Neighborhood Health Link at the October 2014 HealthFest at Seattle Center

Submitted by Carol Cahill, Research Associate, Center for Community Health and Evaluation, Group Health Research Institute

There is increasing recognition of the role that community resources play in helping people be healthy and the need for stronger linkages between those resources and primary care practices. Neighborhood Health Link (NHLink) is a web-based portal of affordable and high-quality community resources that support people in eating healthy diets, being physically active, and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes. Group Health Community Engagement sponsors NHLink as both a health promotion strategy and a clinical tool, in partnership with the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), part of Group Health Research Institute (GHRI).

Some background: Conversations in 2010 with a number of healthcare and public health leaders pointed Group Health in the direction of strengthening clinic-community linkages as a health promotion strategy. During focus groups held in 2011 physicians at three Group Health clinics told us their patients were more likely to use a community resource like Weight Watchers if they knew the exact time and place the program was offered, but that getting information about these resources was a challenge.
To help fill this gap, we built NHLink from scratch and designed it to have both resource andgeographic granularity: Searches point to individual services and programs, such as women-only exercise classes in a particular ZIP code, rather than just to the organizations offering those programs. The database—with a customized interface—is hosted by NorthLight, which provides the platform for a number of statewide information and referral sites, including WIN211. One of NHLink’s special features is the ability to copy a permalink to search results and paste it into a patient’s medical record for later viewing at home.

Neighborhood Health Link was soft-launched in 2012 at a Group Health clinic in south King County. Providers and staff were given one-on-one training and NHLink was showcased at a number of staff meetings and huddles. Usage throughout the year remained disappointingly low, mainly because of lack of time to search for community resources during a patient visit. Updates to the NHLink database were put on hold after a Community Engagement position was eliminated.

In 2013 a GHRI/CCHE investigator received a three-year grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to pilot a clinic-community liaison role at two Group Health clinics (one in King County and one in Pierce County). An up-to-date and user-friendly NHLink database is a critical tool for success of this project, “Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care” or LINCC. (Note to Washington readers: the LINCC project will be featured at this year’s WMLA annual meeting.) Community Resource Specialists (CRSs) were hired in summer 2014 to help patients set health goals and link them to community resources. To support this effort, CCHE received a 2014-15 NN/LM PNR Medical Library Pilot Project award to expand and update database content, train users, and engage community partners. (more…)

Announcing the NN/LM PNR 2015-2016 Award Recipients

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

In response to our December post announcing NN/LM PNR funding opportunities, the following 13 Network members submitted excellent applications for various awards. Here are brief summaries of their funded projects, to be carried out between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 during the final year of the 2011-2016 NN/LM PNR program. Congratulations to all!

Technology Improvement Award

Project Title: Instructional Technology Upgrade
Project Lead: Basia Delawska-Elliott, Medical Library Specialist, Providence St.Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR
Summary: Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health libraries reorganized at the end of 2014 to provide a system-wide library service involving several facilities in several states. This project will fund purchase of laptops, screencasting software and conferencing/online instruction software for a system-wide training plan to introduce library resources, library services and information literacy to even the most remote Providence and Swedish outposts. The intended outcome is equitable access to library resources across all Providence and Swedish regions and facilities, and greater familiarity with library resources and services by medical and nursing staff, and employees across the Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health regions.
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