It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the launch of the Health Insurance Exchange and the chaos surrounding it!
Enrollment for the Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins November 15, 2014 and goes to February 15, 2015. Many individuals enrolled last year and some changes have occurred. For instance, Oregon’s Cover Oregon website remains a place to start but Oregon has switched to using Healthcare.gov for its Health Insurance Exchange source.
Those involved in the Health Insurance Exchange process may want to take some time to review the information in preparation for those seeking help when enrolling for the coming year.
A new feature to the Pacific Northwest Region’s Affordable Care Act page is a section of information specific to such populations as Seniors, Americans with Disabilities, Immigrant and Refugee Populations, LGBTQ community, Farm and Migrant Workers, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and Veterans. These particular populations often have concerns regarding their rights and responsibilities that others do not face. We want to make sure all populations have the information they need when it comes to the Health Insurance Exchange.
Fall is a busy season! Here’s a quick summary about what’s happening in the NN/LM PNR.
New Coordinators in the NN/LM PNR
• Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 15, 2014
• Emily Glenn, MSLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 22, 2014
Former PNR coordinators appointed to new positions at University of Washington (UW)
• Gail Kouame, MLS, Assistant Director for HEALWA (http://heal-wa.org/), effective August 18, 2014
• Mahria Lebow, MLIS, UW Data Repository Librarian, effective October 1, 2014
Update at Quint*Essential meeting
If you are attending the Quint Meeting in Denver, don’t miss the Quint*Essential Update of the NN/LM on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am in the Evergreen Ballroom A-D. The program will include a Conversation Cafe and also a Crowd Source session to enlist your bold ideas and suggestions for ways the NN/LM could support you. This is a chance to think creatively and “dream big.” We look forward to hearing your input! Read more »
Mahria Lebow has accepted a new appointment at the University of Washington as Data Repository Librarian. Effective October 1, she will oversee the design and development of the UW Data Repository. This is a new initiative at UW Libraries, propelled in part by the Obama Administration memorandum on public access to the results of federally funded research and data.
Since May 2012, Mahria has served the region as the PNR Regional Technology Coordinator. She has provided numerous webinars, presentations and workshops, and staffed many exhibits at health and technology conferences to promote emerging technologies and emerging roles for librarians. Mahria also served on a planning committee for the Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success Forum, a half-day event that was broadcast jointly via videoconference at the UW, the University of Utah and Oregon Health & Science University. She developed a study to evaluate participant experience with a distance learning tool she used to introduce and explore iPads in a closed online sharing platform. Mahria also served on a multi-library planning group that hosted the Science Boot Camp West for 92 participants in Seattle in July 2014. As part of the boot camp, Mahria co-taught a half-day workshop on Data Librarianship, which was very well received.
Please join me in congratulating Mahria and wishing her continued success in her new position!
Each October is National Medical Librarians Month. See the Medical Library Association’s web site for ideas to promote your library and download a poster: This year’s theme is:”Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.”
To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the critical resources and services you provide to your institution, the NN/LM PNR is sponsoring a contest.
The winner will receive a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem.
To enter the contest, write a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have made a difference by answering one or more of these questions:
1) Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
2) Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
3) Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?
Tell us your story! We will accept entries until October 31, 2014 and all stories will be published on Dragonfly.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Medical Librarians Month.” Good luck!
Hello to all in the Pacific Northwest Region! My name is Emily Glenn and I am the new Community Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. In this position, I will promote awareness and use of NLM resources, particularly for unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce serving minority, rural, and underserved communities in our region. I will also be sharing news about factors impacting community healthcare, such as health disparities, the electronic health record, and Accountable Care Organizations. If see me at meetings, exhibits and other events, come by and introduce yourself!
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed supporting researchers, physicians, and students, particularly in the area of collaboration technologies, open access, and publication. For many years, I was a solo librarian at Seattle BioMed, where I was surrounded by research in tropical and neglected infectious diseases and got to learn a ton about sponsored research. During the past year, I led library development in a public medical college and teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where I worked with many local and international partners. Before becoming a librarian, I was a technical services archivist and photographer of herbarium specimens.
I am thoroughly delighted to be a part of the RML and look forward to getting to know you (and getting back in touch with many of you). Please contact me with questions, or just to introduce yourself. Here are several ways to reach me:
The NN/LM PNR will sponsor sites to host one or more webinars in the Medical Library Association Fall Webinar Series. Group viewings as well as individual viewings are available. For group viewings, NN/LM PNR will pay registration fees for selected sites that agree to host and promote the webcast for colleagues in their area. Individual registration is also available if a group viewing is not possible.For more information, see: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/MLA-Webcast.html.