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Healthy People 2020 Public Comments Open October 15 – November 13

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding objectives proposed for inclusion in Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2014. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities. During the first phase of planning for Healthy People 2020, comments were received regarding the vision, mission, and implementation. Those comments helped establish the framework for Healthy People 2020. Comments from the public also helped determine the final set of Healthy People 2020 objectives. During this round of public comment, input is requested on the objectives proposed for the following topic areas: Family Planning, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, Preparedness, and Social Determinants of Health. The public comment period will be open from October 15, 2015 through November 13, 2015.

These proposed objectives were developed by topic area workgroups, which are led by various agencies within the Federal government. They have been reviewed by the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Healthy People 2020 and are now presented for public review and comment. You are also invited to suggest additional objectives for consideration that address critical public health issues within the 42 existing topic areas of Healthy People 2020. All proposed objectives must meet the objective selection criteria. Please review these criteria prior to reviewing and commenting on objectives.

Webinar: Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders

Join OCLC for the Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders webinar on October 21, 2015, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PDT. This webinar will explore health-related outreach, programming, training, and funding so that your library can improve the health literacy of your community. Misinformation about health abounds in today’s info-glutted environment. What is the role of public libraries in addressing issues of accurate health information? Public libraries are uniquely positioned to contribute to healthy communities by providing informed access to reliable health information. This panel presentation provides an overview of the field of public health, highlighting innovative health promotion initiatives at public libraries, and covering training and funding resources for health-related library outreach and programming. Join the conversation about building your community’s health literacy.

Presented by:

  • Lydia N. Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
  • Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
  • Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

Women’s Health Resources Information Portal to Be Retired

On Monday, October 5, NLM will retire the Women’s Health Resources (WHR) information portal that was started in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2008. Anyone accessing the site after that date will be redirected from the WHR portal to the Office of Research on Women’s Health homepage. NLM appreciates the assistance of ORWH in the development of the portal and for providing outreach project funding to libraries to promote the portal and sex and gender differences in research among university faculty and students. NLM will continue our partnership by helping ORWH develop avenues for those seeking to search NLM databases such as PubMed and for research on women’s health.

NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Webinar Offerings in October & November!

The Regional Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is offering several webinars during the months of October and November. All sessions offer MLA continuing education credit.

  1. Introduction to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library (Boost Box)
    Tuesday, October 13, 9:00 – 10:00 AM PDT
    Description: This presentation will introduce librarians and others to the extensive, unique collections of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSRVC) Library. Providing resources to researchers, advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, allied organizations, and the public since 2000, the NSVRC Library may be considered the largest collection of materials on sexual violence and prevention in the world, currently housing a collection of over 35,000 unique titles. Learn how NSVRC can provide valuable resources and training materials for the medical profession, public health practitioners, and academic institutions nationwide. No registration is required.
  2. HIV/AIDS Resources
    Wedneday, October 14, 9:00 – 10:00 AM PDT
    Description: AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. AIDSource was developed by NLM to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content, and provides access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government. The presentation will cover the many features of AIDSinfo and AIDSource, including the portfolio of AIDSinfo mobile apps. No registration is required.
  3. Wearable Technology: If the Tech Fits, Wear It
    Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 – 9:00 AM PDT
    Description: “Wearable technology” and “wearable devices” are phrases that describe electronics and computers that are integrated into clothing and other accessories that can be worn comfortably on the body. Examples of wearable devices include glasses, watches, headbands, and jewelry. While these technologies show great influence in fashion and entertainment, they have the largest impact in the areas of health, medicine, and fitness. Librarians are also exploring wearable technology’s potential for enhancing services and expanding outreach to their organizations. No registration is required.
  4. Building Collections and Connections for LGBT Health Awareness: Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
    Tuesday, November 10, 12:00 – 1:30 PM PST
    Description: NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator Kate Flewelling will teach this new course. As a result of the session, participants will develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community; have an increased awareness of the importance of LGBT education for health care providers and the role of implicit bias in healthcare; discover resources that can be utilized in reference interactions; be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building a LGBT collection; and gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community. Registration is required.

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

AIDSource screenshotThe National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians. Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish. NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website.

NLM Adds Papers of Congressman John E. Fogarty to Profiles in Science Resource

Now available from the National Library of Medicine is an extensive selection from the John E. Fogarty Papers at Providence College, on the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science web site. Profiles in Science is a digital project of the Library that provides online access to archival collections of twentieth-century leaders in science, medicine, and public health. John Edward Fogarty (1913–1967) was an American legislator who became known as “Mr. Public Health” for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services. As Democratic representative for Rhode Island, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 to 1967, and chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare beginning in 1949. Under his leadership the budget for NIH grew from $37 million in 1949 to $1.24 billion in 1967. In 1947, Fogarty became convinced that more medical research and better health services were the surest way to help Americans prosper. As chairman of the subcommittee, he worked with a bipartisan coalition to rapidly expand funding for research at the National Institutes of Health, and to fund improved health and educational services for blind, deaf, and mentally disabled children. Fogarty also sponsored many bills for the construction of research facilities, expansion of medical, dental, and public health programs, and construction of community mental health centers. In fact, he contributed to virtually every piece of health-related legislation passed during this time. Fogarty’s achievements also included legislation to support medical and public libraries, including NLM.

The John E. Fogarty Papers Profiles in Science site features correspondence, legislative records, speeches, interviews, and photographs from the John E. Fogarty Papers held by the Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College in Providence, RI, along with photographs and other materials provided by the Fogarty family. Visitors to Profiles in Science can view, for example, photos from Fogarty’s early career, correspondence with constituents and colleagues, and the journal he kept during his Navy service in 1945. The site also includes a 2014 interview with former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird, whose bi-partisan partnership with Congressman Fogarty was instrumental in passing many pieces of legislation related to health care and medical research. The interview with Secretary Laird was made possible through the generosity of Mary Fogarty McAndrew. An in-depth historical narrative leads to a wide range of primary source materials that provide a window into John Fogarty’s life and major contributions to the growth of medical research, public health, and social legislation. Visitors may also view a brief chronology of Fogarty’s life, and a further readings page, as well as search and browse the collection.

NLM Resource Update: TOXMAP Has Updated Per Capita Personal Income Data

Per capita personal income data is now complete for 1988-2013 in the National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP beta resource. To overlay income data, navigate to the “Income” tab of the “US Census & Health” window, accessible via the Welcome window or the toolbar at the top of the page, and then select a year from the list. The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is part of the US Department of Commerce. It produces “economic accounts” statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the nation’s economy. To do this, the BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public. TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the NLM that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program, as well as some non-EPA datasets.

NIAMS Launches New Spanish-Language Website

NIAMS websiteThe National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a new Spanish-language website that provides free health information on conditions of the bones, joints, muscles and skin. The site is being launched to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month. Increasingly, website traffic to NIAMS’ Spanish-language content represents about 50% of its total visits in a given month. To meet this high demand, the new site features quick and easy navigation tools to help Spanish-speaking individuals identify and locate NIAMS health topics. It also includes landing pages that provide all of the information offered on a given topic in one place. The website also offers:

  • New site features navigation tools to help Spanish-speaking individuals locate NIAMS health topics
  • Improved access to NIAMS’ Spanish-language health information and related federal resources
  • Information on participating in clinical research studies
  • Responsive design that makes the site easier to read on mobile devices

NIAMS is committed to providing health information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate for diverse populations, including underserved racial and ethnic communities. The NIAMS Spanish-language materials complement the institute’s entire suite of health resources that are part of its National Multicultural Outreach Initiative, many of which are also available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Apply Now to Host NLM “Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition!

Native Voices Banner

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries. The exhibit explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

This opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020 at up to 104 institutions for six-week periods. For full guidelines and exhibit specifications, visit the online application site. Applications are due by November 6!

Selected sites will receive:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion.

The traveling exhibit requires 35 linear feet of display space and comprises six standing banners, six iPads pre-loaded with video content, and six iPad stands. No internet connection is required, but an electrical connection is needed. Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM from 2011 to 2015. Visit the site to learn more about content from the exhibition.

September 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a family making a healthy salad.Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Thinking About Your Thyroid: Get to Know This Small but Mighty Gland
    You’ve probably heard of the thyroid gland, but do you know what it does? You might not give it a second thought unless something goes wrong. Thyroid trouble can cause a range of seemingly unrelated problems, including drastic changes to your weight, energy, digestion, or mood. Learn to recognize signs of thyroid disorder, so you can get treatment if needed.
  • Checking the Symptom Checkers
    When something’s ailing you, do you turn to the Internet or an app on your phone to help figure out what’s wrong? Free symptom checking programs usually don’t give the correct diagnosis first, a study found, and their advice on when to seek help usually errs on the side of caution.
  • Featured Website: Body Weight Planner
    This online tool can accurately forecast how your body weight changes when you alter your diet and exercise habits. It’s based on a mathematical model developed by NIH researchers and is now part of USDA’s SuperTracker, an online goal-setting resource to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!