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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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NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

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Professional Development Funding Opportunity – Translational Health Disparities Course

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

While the course is free, students who are accepted will be responsible for transportation, room and board. If you are interested, consider applying for an NN/LM PNR Professional Development Award to help with the cost: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/ProfDev.html

2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course
Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

How to Apply: Please visit the NIMHD Course webpage at: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/2015_HDcourse.html for information on the online application process (NOW OPEN).

Application due date: The due date for application submission is Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:

Completed online application must include:

  • Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);
  • Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);
  • Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit); and
  • Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit).*

*Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

Course Contact
For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

Announcing New Funding Opportunities – Deadlines Extended!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Hear Ye!The NN/LM PNR invites proposals for a new suite of funding opportunities for projects carried out  between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.   If you are a Network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we want to support your good ideas and encourage you to submit a proposal!

Proposals will be accepted until February 3 February 17, 2015.   Also, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than January 13 January 27, 2015 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

 

 

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2014 Medical Librarians Month – Magnet Recognition

Monday, November 24th, 2014

In our last entry for 2014 Medical Librarians Month, Dana Kopp describes her role in her institution’s journey to receive Magnet Recognition.  Although this brings us to the end of our contest, we are always interested in hearing your stories! Please let me know if you would like to do a guest post for Dragonfly.

by Dana Kopp, MLS
Manager – Library Services
The Learning Center
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT

My involvement with our Magnet Journey began in 2009 when I was one of three people sent to a Magnet Journey to Excellence workshop in San Diego. The Nursing Shared Governance Advisory Council and Professional Development Councils had determined that they thought our nurses were ready to begin the Journey and deserved recognition for the fantastic work they do every day. The Advisory Council had begun a gap analysis and found that they really weren’t sure where we stood because there were so many unanswered questions about each Component. The gap analysis was put on hold while we educated ourselves on the process and requirements. I was chosen to attend the workshop because I had taken the MLA Getting Magnetized course a few months earlier and had more knowledge about the Magnet Components than many others. (more…)