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Upcoming forum: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Big data is changing the way we look at patient outcomes. Join us on Monday, March 7th, as we explore Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes.

Sessions will be in person at University of Washington / University of Utah or streamed online. For more information and for registration, please visit the website at: https://nnlm.gov/2016-using-data-patient-outcomes  Professional Development funding is available for PNR and MCR members.

Registration open for the March 7, 2016 forum: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Monday, February 1st, 2016

When you hear “Big Data” what comes to mind? Research? That’s where the NN/LM focus has been–introducing health sciences librarians to the role they can play in managing and curating research data, introducing health sciences librarians to training resources and tools to teach students and researchers what should be considered when they produce data.

Big data does not just exist in the research setting. There is a lot of patient data that exists in each of our hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare systems. Doesn’t this quantity of patient data qualify it as big data too? Some of us say the answer is, “Yes.”  

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest (PNR) and MidContinental Regions (MCR) 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: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes. (more…)

PNR Partners webinar January 28

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 1:00 pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 pm MT

Join us to hear from two of our recipients who each received PNR Health Disparities Information Outreach funding. In, Somali Cultural Profile Project: Collaborating to Update Information about Culture and Health Disparities in the Somali Community, Christine Wilson Owens will describe the partnership and work of EthnoMed and the King County Somali Health Board in reviewing and enhancing the Somali Cultural Profile and Somali Community Resources pages on the EthnoMed website. (For those who may not be familiar with EthnoMed it is an online resource for healthcare providers serving immigrant and refugee patients.) Collaboratively, EthnoMed and the Somali Health Board pulled in community voices and health care provider perspectives to document information about the culture and the health experience of Somali immigrants in the Seattle area, with particular focus on highlighting health disparity issues affecting this immigrant community.

Library Services Manager at Tuality Healthcare, Judith Hayes had a unique feature to her project titled, Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare’s Cultural Diversity Task Force collaborated with People, Places, Things to bring a dynamic, hands-on workshop to demonstrate techniques for facilitating critical information transfer across language divides. Vignettes were used to demonstrate sources of disparity and possible sources of resources and resolution. The one-hour presentations were designed jointly by Tuality and Teatro Milagro to address Tuality’s Specific Situation. The goals were to increase awareness of health disparities in the Tuality service area, increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality, and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Listening to the successes and challenges of these particular programs can inspire and generate energy to create your own program or adapt these and other funded projects to your own organization’s needs.  (more…)

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond, Feb 15 – March 11

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course beings with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information (e.g. ClincalTrials.gov and TOXNET), searching with chemical nomenclature (e.g. ChemiIDplus, the Hazardous Substance Databank (HSDB), and PubChem Compound), and locating genetic literature and data (e.g. NCBI Gene and Genetics Home Reference (GHR)). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database.

Feb 15 – March 11, 2016 (4 weeks), online/asynchronous via Moodle

6 MLA CE credits

More information and registration

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…)

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Caring for the Mind is a Moodle format  3 credit CE class from the NN/LM PNR which runs from February 1-29. Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn about resources and how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries or community organization. The class is self-paced and participants will find it more rewarding by participating in class discussions. Caring for the Mind qualifies towards the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). Not a medical librarian? Don’t worry, being a medical librarian is not required for this specialization nor to take the class.

It is recommended that participants register for a free Moodle account if they do not have one already.  If you encounter problems please contact Carolyn Martin at martinc4@uw.edu. To create a Moodle account:

To register for this free class