The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.
This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual).
The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Read more »
Legacy, an organization established in 1999 as part of the settlement agreement between major tobacco companies and 46 U.S. states, funds the “Kick Start Your Smoke-Free Campus Initiative.” With enrollment of 13 million students, community colleges educate many people of color, low-come, and first generation college students. These populations suffer disproportionately from tobacco use and secondhand smoke consequences. Legacy is offering grants of up to $5,000 each to public community colleges to support their efforts to implement a smoke-free campus. See details at: http://www.legacyforhealth.org/CCIgrant.
What: Health Literacy and Palliative Care
Where: Keck Building, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online via free webcast
When: July 9, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time (4:30am – 1:30pm Alaska Time, 5:30am – 2:30pm Pacific Time, 6:30am – 3:30pm Mountain Time)
More Information and to register for online or in person: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-JUL-09.aspx
On July 9, 2015, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. In general, low health literacy is a barrier to receiving high quality health care. This is particularly important for people living with serious or chronic illnesses that require complex management regimens and have significant symptoms or treatments with significant side effects. Read more »
News from the National Library of Medicine:
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and HOSA announce the HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot program will begin in Utah at the start of the fall academic year.
The HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot encourages high school students (within HOSA chapters) to be familiar with – and teach peers how to use – MedlinePlus.gov and evidence-based health information resources on the Internet. The pilot encourages the development of Health Information Ambassadors among high school students within HOSA chapters. Health Information Ambassadors are identified through a knowledge – and Internet capability – screening test that was developed at NLM. High school students who receive a high score on the screening test receive a certificate designating them as HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors.
Moreover, certified HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors are then encouraged to give talks (or develop media) to encourage peer use of MedlinePlus.gov, NLM’s consumer health website for patients and their families, and evidence-based health information resources. Persons who receive high audience evaluations for their presentations (by peers) can receive an additional HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit.
Finally, HOSA chapters can receive a program participation certificate if two or more students receive HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit. Read more »
Submitted by Cindy Ramzy, MSLS, Senior Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR, email@example.com
As a recipient of a 2014 NNLM/PNR Technology Improvement Award, Legacy Health System’s Library Services was able to create a portable computer lab to bring hands-on training of clinical electronic resources to a Legacy campus for the first time.
One of the key tenets of information literacy, as it relates to healthcare professionals, is the ability to identify appropriate information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information. Legacy Library Services provides access to numerous high-quality electronic resources that are available to fill the knowledge-based information needs of our organization. Library Services makes information literacy training available to staff at all five Legacy campuses to increase awareness of these resources and to ensure fluency in effective search skills. Our goal with this project was to acquire computer hardware and equipment to bring our library literacy classes to the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (LGS), which lacks training facilities, and had not previously been the setting for any live interactive training sessions. With this award, we purchased 6 laptop computers (plus storage and charging equipment and a portable projector), in order to offer 13 training sessions to the staff of Legacy Good Samaritan (LGS) on their own campus. In addition, the equipment was used to train the staff of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department in the use of library electronic resources at one of their staff meetings. Read more »
Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills? Consider applying for a PNR Professional Development Award for travel costs. Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Seattle. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:
- Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
- Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
- Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
- Improve your PubMed search technique.
- Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
- Experience peer collaboration and learning
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