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NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 12: The Analog Patient: Imagining Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era

You are invited to join the next National Library of Medicine History of Medicine lecture, which will be live-streamed on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 8:00am to from 9:00am PT

Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, will speak on “The Analog Patient: Imagining Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era.” Dr. Greene is Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Greene’s presentation is part of Images & Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, & Data from the Digital Humanities, a program hosted by the NLM, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and made possible through a multi-institutional collaboration involving the NLM, NEH, Virginia Tech, the Wellcome Library, and the Wellcome Trust. Learn more about the workshop through its web site http://medicalhistworkshop.org/.
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National Public Health Week is April 4-10

National Public Health Week, held April 4-10, 2016, is an annual observance to recognize the contribution and importance of public health in our communities. President Obama, in his National Public Health Week proclamation of April 1, 2016, inspires Americans to bring public health into focus for future generations.  “During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health–the foundation of our security and well-being–here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and protect our planet, we can uphold our shared responsibility to preserve the promise of a happy and healthy life for our children and grandchildren.”

Here in the Pacific Northwest, regional public health associations have organized a number of events and communications to raise awareness of National Public Health Week. Read more »

NN/LM PNR cooperative agreement in 2016-2021

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to serve as both the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), and the NN/LM Evaluation Office.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library is one of eight RMLs in the NN/LM. There are now five national coordinating offices that support the NN/LM mission. They are the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO), the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), the NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office (NPCHO) and the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO). A National Steering Committee, comprised of the National Network Coordination Office and representatives from the National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs as well as the RMLs and the national offices, will guide the work of the NN/LM.

The agreement begins May 1, 2016, and as we enter a new phase for the NN/LM, we look forward to continued collaboration, cooperation and partnerships with our Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Libraries (including hospital, academic, public and others) will continue to be the foundation of our Network. Additionally, given fast paced changes in healthcare and research, we recognize opportunities to expand the Network and cultivate new partnerships with researchers and data organizations, while building on relationships with community providers, clinicians, schools, and the public health and health workforce programs that require the best available evidence and health information expertise.

We look forward to your participation in the program and appreciate your ideas. Upcoming opportunities for involvement include: interest in a data journal club and/or a Twitter chat to better understand the role of librarians in expanding the use of clinical data; forming community partnerships to participate in the National Library of Medicine Travelling Exhibit Program to expand the impact of health information programming in your organization; and identification of specific resources targeted to healthcare consumer audiences you serve, e.g. health needs of seniors, those caring for family members with disabilities, veterans’ health, or rural health needs.

Please let us know your thoughts!

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval
  • Skills development
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;  Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016. Read more »

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope

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The NN/LM Pacific NW Region announces a new funding opportunity for Network members.

On April 26, 2016, the Medical Library Association presents: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope. The presenter is Jacqueline Davis, who has worked for eight years as the consumer health librarian for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. In 2013, Davis received the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year award from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association. Her interests in health literacy and social justice combine to inform and guide her work in the library and the community.

mla-jdConsumer health libraries are a critical bridge for contemporary medicine models that require patients to both advocate for themselves, as well as partner with their health care providers. With the continuously changing technology, the ever-increasing amount of information available, and patients’ real need to navigate successfully through the system, librarians’ services can provide the welcoming space and outreach to educate and inform our customers. By the completion of this webinar, participants will understand: 1) the role of the consumer health librarian; 2) outreach into the local community; 3) the community or target audience; 4) issues regarding health literacy and how it impacts their library services; and 5) specific programs that can be adapted to their institutional sites.

For more information, see the Medical Library Association website. Funding is available to NN/LM PNR Network members to host group or individual viewing sites.  If you are interested in the webinar, please contact Patricia Devine by March 31.

Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska, from the state’s northernmost community of Barrow to its southernmost community of Metlakatla.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain)

To Join: go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/pnrpartners/  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to http://nnlm.gov/pnr/training/PNRpartners.html Read more »