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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 AIDS.gov, 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.

 

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…)

TOXNET Gets A Facelift

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) resource – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov - is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.  Recently the TOXNET interface was updated and features:

  • Improved appearance
  • Intuitive interactive capabilities
  • Improved multi-database search
  • Easy selection of item to save in “My List”
  • More accessible menus and pull-downs
  • Type-ahead Browse
  • Hover-over Help

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RML Rendezvous January 22 – Health Literacy in Context

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Health Literacy in Context: A Non-clinical Framework for Research & Intervention presented by Sandra Smith, PhD, MPH of the Center for Health Literacy Promotion

January 22, 2013 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

In the national vision of a health literate society articulated by the Institute of Medicine, everyone – not only patients – obtains actionable information about health and healthcare, along with support to use it to take health promoting action. National public health objectives aim to promote the health literacy of  the population – not only patients. As healthcare shifts from episodic to chronic and the from clinic to community, health literacy practice and research must evolve accordingly. In this edition of RLM Rendezvous, Dr. Sandra Smith makes the case for a non-clinical approach to health literacy practice and research. She presents a non-clinical framework that views health literacy as a personal and collective asset that enables people to make health related choices and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. The framework guides practice to develop and improve health literacy and empowerment for health.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

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 RML Rendezvous webcasts.

Summer Institute for Public Health Practice: Professional Development Award

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

NWCPHPMembers of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region are invited  to apply for a Professional Development Award for up to $1,500 to attend the University of Washington’s NW Center for Public Health Practice’s Summer Institute: http://www.nwcphp.org/training/opportunities/summer-institute-for-public-health-practice.

To learn more about eligibility and see requirements, go to: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/ProfDev.html. Stay tuned for more funding possibilities from the NN/LM PNR to be announced soon!

 

 

 

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.