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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:

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: 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

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous April 15 on 508 Compliance

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

508 Compliance: Creating Accessible Documents” will be presented by Patricia Devine, NN/LM PNR Network Outreach Coordinator; and Madelena Romansic, NN/LM PNR Program Assistant.

April 15, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

What is Section 508? For federally funded websites and other electronic resources, including the NN/LM PNR and its funded projects, Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology for people with disabilities. This session will focus on ways to make PowerPoint and Word documents 508 compliant so they can be accessed equally.

To attend go to and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

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

The PNR Rendezvous webcast sessions are eligible for 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education (MLA CE) for attending the webcast and completing a brief online evaluation form at the end of the webcast.

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 PNR Rendezvous webcasts.


Upcoming data webinars: April 14, 22, and 23

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Make Data Count: Measuring Data Use and Reach (NSF), April 14, 9:00 AM Pacific

Registration is now open for the third event in the DataONE Webinar Series ( focused on open science, the role of the data lifecycle, and achieving innovative science through shared data and ground-breaking tools. There will be a panel presentation by Jennifer Lin, Martin Fenner, Matt Jones & John Kratz from the Public Library of Science, DataONE and the California Digital Library.  The webinar is focused on the outcome of a recent collaborative NSF grant and is titled: “Make Data Count: Measuring Data Use and Reach”. Register at:  (Free.)

Abstract:  California Digital Libraries, PLOS, and DataONE are partners in Make Data Count (, an NSF-funded project to design and develop metrics that track and measure data use, i.e. “data-level metrics” (DLMs). DLMs are a multi-dimensional suite of indicators, measuring the broad range of activity surrounding the reach and use of data as a research output. In the webinar, we will discuss the findings from Phase 1 in which we gathered information about the needs of researchers– how do they want to get credit for the data they produce? What do they want to know about how their data is used? What do they want to know about others’ data to evaluate quality? We connected with the community to determine requirements and understand use cases for the data-level metrics prototype. We will also demo the latest from our working prototype and share the initial results (usage, citations, scholarly references and mentions, social media, etc.) collected on datasets from DataONE member repositories. This webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing later the same day. A Q&A forum will also be available to attendees and later viewers alike. More information on the DataONE WebinarSeries can be found at:


The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship (MLA), April 22, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

This webcast is designed to provide health sciences librarians with an introduction to data management, including use of data in the research landscape and the current climate around data management in biomedical research. Three librarians working with data management at their institutions will present case studies and examples of products and services they have implemented, and provide strategies and success stories about what has worked to get data management services up and running at their libraries. Presenters are Lisa Federer, Kevin Read, and Jackie Wirz. For more information see   (Free at host site. Costs vary.)

A free viewing of this webinar will be hosted at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Library Teaching Laboratory (LTL) on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific.

NN/LM PNR Network members may apply for funding to broadcast this webinar at their site. Please let us (NNLM/PNR know by Monday, April 13, 2015 if you would like to apply to host this webinar at your library.


Privacy Principles for the Age of Big Health Data (CDT), April 23, 10:00 AM -11:00 AM Pacific

Data-driven and information-based systems have quickly become the new paradigm for American health care. Health care providers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, academics, government entities, and also many non-traditional entrants – including patients and consumers of health “wearables” – are applying advanced analytics to large and disparate data sets to gain valuable insights on treatment, safety, efficiency, and public and personal health. These developments offer a wealth of opportunities to increase wellness, but raise serious privacy and security questions. To explore these implications, and to develop concrete proposals for leveraging health big data to benefit individuals and society while respecting individual privacy, CDT has joined with stakeholders and experts to examine these issues from three different perspectives: clinical and administrative data generated by health care providers and payers; health data in commercial context, such as that contributed by consumers using the Internet and other consumer-facing technologies; and health data collected by federal, state, and local governments. CDT’s Deputy Director of Consumer Privacy Project, Michelle DeMooy and Gautam Hans, Policy Counsel and Director of CDT’s San Francisco office, will provide an overview of those findings and recommendations. Speakers:  Michelle De Mooy, Deputy Director of Consumer Privacy Project, CDT and Gautam Hans, Deputy Director of Consumer Privacy Project, CDT. Register at:   (Free.)

Upcoming Moodle class: Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Are you working in the public library or a community organization with a health information aspect?  Do you feel you lack the knowledge to run a health reference service?  Do you offer a patient education service in your hospital library?  The PNR office if offering a series of Moodle classes in the next twelve months on consumer health information.  Starting April 13, Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans – PNR, is the first class offered.  This Moodle class is self-directed with online discussion as well as readings and exercises. This class starts soon and it lasts only three weeks so sign up now.  For more information about this class read below: (more…)

Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

On March 5, NCBI hosted a full-to-capacity webinar outlining the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create biosketches.  The slides and Q & A are available on the NCBI FTP site ( The March 5 recording is available on the NCBI You Tube channel.

A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015.

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous March 18 on Translational Research

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“Translational Research in the Pacific Northwest” will be presented by Diana Louden, who is the Biomedical and Translational Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

March 18, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Diana Louden will provide an overview of translational research – particularly as it relates to research conducted in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.  Diana will describe the work of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and her role as a translational sciences librarian.  She’ll also give examples of resources, training, and research support provided by ITHS that are available to people throughout the WWAMI region. (more…)