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PNR Rendezvous, Library and Other Leadership Development Programs: What Opportunities Exist and What You Need to Know to be a Successful Applicant and Participant

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Date: Wednesday, January 20

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

Tune in to the next PNR Rendezvous when NN/LM PNR and University of Washington Health Sciences Library Director, Tania Bardyn, will moderate a panel of directors and past attendees of current leadership development programs. Unsure whether leadership development is right for you? Attend this webinar to discover whether your goals and skills align with this path of professional development. Find what it takes to be a successful applicant and participant. The webinar will appeal to librarians and other professionals working in hospitals, universities, and community based settings, with varying degrees of experience. Anyone currently in or thinking about a leadership role in the health information profession will find this Rendezvous session beneficial. (more…)

March 7, 2016: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, January 4th, 2016


On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice. (more…)

Happy Holidays from the Regional Medical Library and the Regional Advisory Council!

Friday, December 11th, 2015

rac2015 The RML convened and celebrated our Regional Advisory Council (RAC) at the final meeting of the contract on December 7, 2015.

Representing diverse perspectives of almost 400 network members, the RAC has admirably carried out its charge to advise PNR’s programs and services. Themes of this meeting underscored the importance of collaboration with communities, practitioners, researchers, and developers to improve healthcare practice, to advance science and medicine, and to effectively address health disparities.

Looking forward to 2016—Happy and Healthy Holidays to All!

PNR Rendezvous,

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, December 16

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

Join us next week when NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Emily Glenn, presents information regarding is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. The registry and results database are vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. This presentation will provide an overview of the information in, drawing from records for trials involving mobile apps, plus an update of policies and laws that impact clinical trials. You will gain a basic understanding of how records can be part of the landscape of research evidence when considering the effectiveness of an intervention. (more…)

PNR Staff Travel to APHA 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Chicago, where I got to meet the people behind some of the resources I teach about and present a poster about the Response and Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN) app and project, led by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. (more…)

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…)