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National Network Of Libraries Of Medicine RFI

The National Library of Medicine has developed a Request for Information (RFI) to offer health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities the opportunity to recommend effective approaches to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (http://nnlm.gov).

NLM will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and is not obligated to comment or respond to any responder’s submission. However, responses to the RFI may be reflected in futures solicitations. The information provided will be analyzed and may appear in reports.

Comments will be collected until the closing date of June 26 at  3pm (ET).

 

 

Voyaging to the Future with NLM

NLM has put together a symposium entitled “Voyaging to the Future” reflecting on the past 30 years at NLM and looking towards its future.  This all day event addresses important topics such as training future leaders, providing access to literature and reaching the undeserved.  The full program is available at http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/present/.  The event will be streamed live on May 14 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM EST and a captioned recording will be made available online after. Tania Bardyn, in her role as Director of NN/LM PNR, the OERC and Web-STOC will be in attendance.  Read more »

EHR usage update

We are now three years into the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare’s Meaningful Use EHR adoption incentive program. According to CMS’s website, as of March of this year, $14.8 billion in payments have been made to the over 470,000 providers and hospitals participating in the program. Those are some big numbers! But what about the people who are using the systems? Can we tell whether or not any of this is making a difference in quality of care? What about health care provider workflow or job satisfaction? Read more »

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for  small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
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April 16 RML Rendezvous on ClinicalTrials.gov

ClinicalTrials.gov presented by Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR’s Public Health Outreach Coordinator at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library

April 16, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR’s Public Health Outreach Coordinator will provide an overview of ClinicalTrials.gov and how librarians can use the site to support clinicians, researchers and consumers.  She will also briefly describe the various types and phases of clinical trials and the background and current status of trial registration and reporting. ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine.  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.  If you haven’t used or visited ClinicalTrials.gov recently, here’s an opportunity to get up-to-date on this highly valuable resource.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.   Read more »

Prevention is Power

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April is National Minority Health Month.This year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity” emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities, according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health. Graphics, toolkits, and ideas for working with the community are offered on their webpage.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) also has several free health information resources that support eliminating minority health disparities. These resources include multicultural health Web sites, minority health information handouts, and HIV/AIDS information and funding. To find these resources, click on the links below:

NLM Asian American Health Web Portal

NLM American Indian Health Web Portal

NLM Arctic Health Web Portal

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: African Americans

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: Hispanics/Latinos

NLM Minority Health Information Handouts

NLM AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM MedlinePlus “Health Disparities” Health Topic

And, funded in part by the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center provides the EthnoMed website, specializing in medical and cultural information about immigrant ans refugee groups specific to the Puget Sound area.

EthnoMed: Integrating Cultural Information Into Clinical Practice