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Acknowledging Native American Veterans

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

flags-945510_640Veterans Day is approaching and is a special time to pay tribute to veterans of all wars. These men and women have sacrificed much for the freedoms we all enjoy and for which we are thankful. However, the results of war are often devastating for veterans, their families and eventually we all feel the effects.  Many veterans experience physical and psychological trauma which can have an enormous effect on those around them.  Many are unemployed, economically depressed, experience added family problems, and may lead to suicide in some cases.

Before they were even granted U.S. citizenship, thousands of Native Americans volunteered and served in the first World War and over 40,000 served in World War II despite their own lack of freedom here in their own country. For many Native Americans, becoming part of the military was an opportunity to prove patriotism, provide employment, to see the world and as a rite of passage. Despite the inner conflict of assisting an institution that marginalized, isolated and fought against them, many Native Americans wanted to assist in protecting their country. In fact Native Americans have the largest per capita enlistment of any ethnic or racial group.

The trauma of war on Native Americans and many rural veterans can be compounded by a number of factors including lack of transportation and other transportation factors, lack of services, unemployment, cultural barriers, awareness, and lower incomes.  Many have found help and support though traditional healing and opportunities provided such as the sharing of stories.

Several films have been produced that record the stories of Native American veterans allowing others to hear their voices. Here are previews about three such films.

The National Museum of the American Indian seeks to provide a forum for tribes to tell their veteran stories in the  Native American Veterans’ Storytelling Project. They have developed a model for this project for others to follow in hopes of preserving these stories for future generations. To learn more about this project and seek participation watch this informational video. (more…)

Health Insurance Marketplace, Open Enrollment Starts November 1

Monday, October 26th, 2015 Stock imageryNovember 1, 2015 is the first day to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2016.  The enrollment deadline is January 31, 2016 otherwise the only way to qualify for insurance in 2016 is for a Special Enrollment Period.

According to Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, in the five years since ACA was signed into law and the three years since Open Enrollment began in the Health Insurance Marketplace, about 17.6 million uninsured people have received health coverage.  The uninsured rate has dropped significantly for African Americans and Latinos.  According to ASPE Data Point, the number of uninsured has decreased primarily for three reasons, “…allowing young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ plans, the Medicaid expansion in 29 states plus DC, and the availability of affordable insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces.”  Despite these great gains, about 10.5 million uninsured Americans are still eligible for Marketplace coverage and almost half of those are between the ages of 18 and 34 while approximately one-third are people of color: approximately 19 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are African American, and 2 percent are Asian American.  More needs to be done to continue to increase the number of Americans covered especially in under-served populations. Libraries, community organizations, and faith communities have an opportunity to join forces and reach out to get more people covered. (more…)

Happy 50th Anniversary, NN/LM!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

NNLM_50th_AnniversaryOn October 22, 1965, the Medical Library Assistance Act was passed authorizing the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to provide grant funding to develop a national system of regional medical libraries. This network, called the Regional Medical Library (RML) Network, changed its name to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) in 1991. Today the ~6,400-member NN/LM, considered a field force in NLM’s outreach efforts, promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.

Happy 50th Anniversary, NN/LM!

Join us for the next PNR Rendezvous October 21

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time

Creating a Library “Holdings” Group: A Joined Service Model will feature Isaac Huffman, Heather Martin and Basia Delawska-Elliott from the Providence Health & Services library system.

Faced with resource constraints many hospital libraries have considered joint operations. However successful, systemization can be a challenge.  Providence Health & Services library share their innovative approach, using a holding company model to develop partnerships and collaborations, to growing a system-wide team and expanding library services.

Join us to learn about the successes and challenges Isaac and his team faced and see what strategies may work in your library system. (more…)

Native Voices Exhibit at the University of Washington, October 6-27

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

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The National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness returns to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library during October 6-27, 2015. (more…)

Opportunity to host Native Voices traveling exhibition

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is proud to announce a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) through which ALA’s Public Programs Office will manage a national tour of a traveling adaptation of Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, to America’s libraries and other Native-serving cultural institutions beginning in 2016. Four copies of the traveling exhibition will tour nationally for four years to dozens of sites around the country.

The four year national tour of Native Voices has been publicly announced (for 2016-2020), and the ALA is welcoming proposals. ALA will review the proposals in developing a national deployment plan and schedule. (more…)