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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  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to Read more »

New Dietary Guidelines

dietary guidelinesAlready lagging on your New Year’s resolutions?  Well, spring is a time for renewal and a fresh start!  March is a great time to take a look at the recently released U.S. Dietary Guidelines and renew your resolve to eat healthier.  What are the U.S. Dietary Guidelines? Published every five years for the general public as well as public health professionals, and policy makers, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides food recommendations for people aged two years and older. Each edition reflects the current  nutritional science, with a focus on chronic disease prevention.

What are some of the changes from the last edition? Previous editions had focused on specific dietary components such as food groups or nutrients.  The current edition instead, emphasizes overall eating patterns, the combinations of all the foods and drinks that people consume every day.  Included in the current edition are updated guidance on topics like added sugars, sodium, and cholesterol and new information on caffeine.  This is the first edition to recommend a limit to consume less than 10 percent of calories from added sugars in order to control overall calorie intake.  On a 2,000-calorie daily diet, that’s about 12 teaspoons while most Americans typically ingest closer to 22 teaspoons a day.

Thankfully the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion done a very basic breaking down of the current focus of the new guidelines for us to follow without being too specific because as the executive summary says, “These Guidelines also embody the idea that a healthy eating pattern is not a rigid prescription, but rather, an adaptable framework in which individuals can enjoy foods that meet their personal, cultural, and traditional preferences and fit within their budget.” Read more »

PNR Rendezvous, Social Media in the Library

Hook ‘Em & Keep ‘Em: How Trout U. is Engaging Library Users through Social Media to Build Community is the next PNR Rendezvous session where Montana State University librarians will tell us how they have incorporated social media in the library.

Social media is a powerful means to build community among our users, as well as to engage new users. PNR Rendezvous participants will learn best practices for using Social Media to engage library users, including the creation of a social media guide, and a posting plan and schedule for ongoing targeted engagement with users across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Participants will also learn about collaborative social media campaign efforts that the MSU Library participated in with the Montana Historical Society and others.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own social media practices or plans to experiment with social media in order to share and learn about successes and strategies happening in libraries in the region.

So, whether you’re considering using social media in the library or want to expand the use of it, please join us for some tips as well as a chance to share your social media wisdom.

When: March 16, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time Read more »

Getting Back to Normal: A Virtual Tabletop Exercise in Disaster Preparation (March 17)

On March 17 at 10:00am -11:30am PST, the NN/LM PNR will host a virtual tabletop exercise that will feature a scenario based on a major disaster. The disaster will impact the entire Northwest, disrupting the normal state of being in your community. Which disaster will strike? Attend the virtual tabletop exercise to find out! Read more »

March is Women’s History Month

ChangingfaceThe month of March is a time to reflect upon the struggles and milestones of women in our world and to appreciate the hard work and perseverance that have allowed many of us to lead better lives and to play a more prominent role in our society.  However, the struggle is not over despite the many gains.  It is easy to forget and take for granted the rights and privileges our foremothers worked so hard to gain.

Just think about how medical research and clinical care would be if it was all done by men only!  What state would women’s health be in!? And not just women’s health.  Many of the contributions women have made have helped everyone!  Take a moment to appreciate some of the women who helped advance medicine.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell received her M.D. degree becoming the first female physician in America. After graduating top of her class she went on to work in clinics in London and Paris and studied midwifery at La Maternité.  Unfortunately, she had to give up her dream of becoming a surgeon when she lost the sight in one eye.  She returned to New York City in 1851 where she hoped to establish a practice. However, she faced many obstacles due to her sex until her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, joined her in 1856, and with Dr. Marie Zakrzewska they opened the New York Infirmary for Indignent Women and Children in 1857. Then in 1868 Blackwell and her colleagues opened the Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, a medical college for women to provide the training and experience they could not get in already established medical schools.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African American woman to receive her medical degree in 1864.  Unfortunately, little is known about Crumpler other than her published book, Book of Medical Discourses published in 1883.  In this account, Crumpler provides a window into her career journey.  Crumpler moved from Boston to Richmond, VA after the Civil War and viewed her time there as a great opportunity to do “…a proper field for real missionary work, and one that would present ample opportunities to become acquainted with the diseases of women and children.” Crumpler worked alongside other African-American physicians caring for the many thousands of freed slaves who would not otherwise have had access to care.  It is an amazing tribute that Crumpler was able to become a practicing physician and publish despite the racial and gender barriers of her time.

The first Native American woman to become a doctor was Susan La Flesche Picotte. Le Flesche received her medical degree in 1889 from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, graduating at the top of her class. Le Flesche continually had to bridge both the the white world and the world of her people.  Despite the barriers faced by Native American women, Le Flesche worked tirelessly to improve the health conditions of her people, the Omaha nation in Nebraska.  She stressed the importance of cleanliness and ventilation, specifically the benefits of fresh air, disposal of trash and killing flies and other preventative measures.  When her spouse died, after years of suffering from alcoholism, she became part of the temperance movement and actively worked to rid reservations of alcohol. She left quite a legacy in her work to improve the health and lives of Native Americans. Read more »

Data, Clinical Outcomes, and Librarians – What’s the Connection?

binaryheadtrimmed2What is the connection between data, clinical outcomes and the librarian?  Come and explore this connection with three of the nation’s leaders on big data and patient outcomes at the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum on March 7, 2016.  Librarian participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data mined from the electronic health record as evidence for patient care and to consider what skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data. The Forum will be held in person in Seattle or Salt Lake City as well as in a live broadcast.  Registration is required.  

For more information see the website.  Professional development funding is available for PNR members.*
*Please register by Feb. 29th is you are seeking Professional Development funds.
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