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2014 Medical Librarians Month – Meeting Jane

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

For our 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest, Basia Delawska-Elliott told us her story about making a difference in a patient’s life.

by Basia Delawska-Elliott
Health Sciences Librarian
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Meeting Jane

I was just coming back from lunch when I ran into Jane at the hospital entrance. I was so glad to see her! Jane was a cancer patient, who used to be a library regular, but she had not come into the library for quite a while and I feared the worst.

Jane first came to see us having just received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Straight from the doctor’s office she marched into the library. I am sure that she was devastated and scared, yet she was determined to learn as much as she could and to stay in control of her treatment. I remember when she walked in to the library she had a look of determination on her face. She sat down, told me of her diagnosis and then before I could respond in any way she said “I am going to need a lot of information to beat this thing and I am hoping you can help me with that”. I immediately assured her that I would be glad to help in any way I could. Jane wasn’t the first cancer patient that came to the library seeking information, but she was definitely the most matter-of-fact about what she needed to do, and that set the tone for our relationship. (more…)

2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest Winner

Friday, November 14th, 2014

We are happy to announce Kathy Fatkin as the winner of the 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest! Kathy has won a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas. Thanks to all who entered and for telling us your story about how you have made a difference.  Additional entries will be posted over the next few days.

by Kathy J. Fatkin PhD, AHIP, RN
Medical Librarian, Researcher & Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
Idaho Falls, ID

I am a solo librarian working at a community hospital and like other health sciences librarians I work to provide health information that will improve lives. In my position I serve on the hospital’s nursing research council (NRC) and as a group the NRC works on evidence-based nursing practice. We have performed multiple literature reviews with summaries of evidence to guide clinical nursing practice. This activity gave me practice reading and evaluating research articles. I realized I have the skills not only to find current evidence but I could add value to my library services by including summaries of evidence to save time for the clinical staff. (more…)

Dr. Lindberg to retire

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM's totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM’s totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 1984, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2015.

The Medical Library Association named Dr. Lindberg as an honorary member in Spring 2014, noting: “Health professionals, health information practitioners, and the general public have benefitted immeasurably from enhancements to the databases, products, and services developed at NLM under Lindberg’s exceptional leadership.”

This week, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a statement  (http://www.nih.gov/about/director/11062014_statement_lindberg.htm) about Dr. Lindberg’s innumerable contributions as NLM’s distinguished director.

As noted, his support and interest in expanding the scope of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has resulted in important partnerships with minority serving institutions, tribal and community-based organizations, and the public health community. As one example, NLM commissioned Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James, a member of the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Indian Nation, located in Bellingham, Washington, to carve a healing totem, which was transported on a truck across the United States, stopping for tribal blessings on reservations in 13 states.  Its permanent home is now at the NLM.  The totem was a dramatic focal point of the exhibition, Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, which opened to the public October 6, 2011, and will be traveling to each region of the NN/LM beginning in December.

National Adoption Week is November 3-9

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Many people look forward to having their own biological children at some point in their lives. However, many find that is not possible for various reasons.  Adoption is another way to become a parent.  It is also a way to gain a parent.  For many adoptees, being welcomed into a loving family is also an event to be anticipated.

MedlinePlus offers a selection of authoritative resources on all things adoption whether it is financial and legal issues or searching for biological relatives.  These resources will offer insight into the option of adoption for those considering or information for adopted families who have additional information needs just as many families do along the way.

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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 ACA101@hhs.gov 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. (more…)

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 Healthcare.gov 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.