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Archive for 2014

Improving Health Literacy: Applying Knowledge Gained from the IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference was held May 7-9 in Irvine, CA. The conference attracts people from all over the country, including health educators, clinicians, public health workers, health insurance and systems personnel, librarians, and many others who have a need to understand best practices for improving health literacy among the population. The conference theme was ‘Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,’ an especially important and timely topic this year after the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2013, we have welcomed seven new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Summary of the May 14, 2014, National Library of Medicine 30-Year Symposium Event

by Naomi C. Broering, MLIS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

It was a day well spent on “Remembrance of things past,” with a keen eye toward future expectations and plans. The Symposium program: The National Library of Medicine 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future was co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the NLM, and the Medical Library Association (MLA). The purpose was to review past developments in biomedical information services, informatics research, and developments influenced by NLM Long Range Planning. The information shared at the symposium is a valuable initial step toward the next NLM Long Range Plan. (more…)

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows!

The National Library of Medicine has announced the selection of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. Four fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2014. (more…)

Highlights of Information Services Outreach for Rural and Frontier Nevada in 2013-2014!

by Terry Henner
Librarian and Project Director
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reno, NV

In general, rural and frontier areas possess important differences in demographics, economics, and social characteristics that influence health priorities and outcomes. Nevada communities situated in rural and frontier areas face unique challenges regarding the availability of hospitals, clinics, and associated health care resources, including access to health information services. The Savitt Medical Library received NN/LM PSR outreach funding for a second year to extend services to these rural and underserved areas through the activities of a Coordinator of Outreach Library Services (COLS). During the past year, this position has been playing an important role in helping to mitigate the geographic isolation of health care workers by raising awareness of information services and access to training opportunities. (more…)

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento) Health Information Ambassador Program

by Theresa Johnson, MLIS
Medical Librarian
Sutter Resource Library
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

In April 2013, the Sutter Resource Library received outreach funding support from NN/LM PSR, to enhance our pilot project to “bring the library to the patient.” This pilot was based on the Health Information Ambassador Program implemented at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego by Jackie Davis, MLIS, (MLA News June/July 2012). The program is a partnership between the medical library and the volunteer services department at the hospital. Jackie was very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience, as well as providing samples of a “Health Information Request” form and cover letter that we could customize. We used the same name for our pilot program, which became library HIA, for short. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Kids in Technology and Sciences

by Sophia Prisco, MLIS
Health Sciences Librarian
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, CA

In the spring of 2012, an NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award funded the Kids in Technology and Science (KITS) outreach program, which allows American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) nursing and pharmacy students to facilitate health literacy workshops at Kettering Elementary School. The goals of the KITS outreach project are to promote NLM resources, increase health awareness, and encourage careers in the health sciences. The program also aims to strengthen the role of librarians in the delivery of health information. (more…)

Wikipedia Editing for Academic Credit: An Elective Course at UCSF Medical School

by Evans Whitaker, MD, MLIS
Education and Information Consultant for Medicine
UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management
San Francisco, CA

At the end of April, 2014, seven 4th year medical students at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) received academic credit for editing a high importance Wikipedia (WP) healthcare article. The students were part of the second iteration of an elective first piloted five months earlier. The first iteration received extensive media attention from the New York Times, the Atlantic, NPR and others. Why the interest? Perhaps it has something to do with a combination of the mixed feelings many have about WP, fascination mixed with concern by the health-consuming public that the future healthcare providers of the U.S. are getting their information from WP, and that the “ivory tower” has embraced the concept. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Public Access to the Coachella Valley 2013 Community Health Monitor Results

by Eileen Packer, RD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC, Inc.)
Palm Desert, CA

In January 2006, the California Wellness Foundation, the Desert Healthcare District Foundation, and the Regional Access Project Foundation convened on behalf of a health data collection system for the Coachella Valley, located in Southern California’s eastern Riverside County. In September 2006, Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) was incorporated, and by February 2007, became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In alignment with our mission, the triennial community health assessment is the centerpiece of our core competencies. HARC was the recipient of a 2013 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award of $9,000 to announce and distribute the 2013 community health monitor survey results during a public forum of community leaders. (more…)

NLM Seeks Input on the Future of the NN/LM: Responses Due by June 26!

The National Library of Medicine has issued Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157, to seek input from a wide variety of current and potential user communities, including health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, for recommendations on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to health information. (more…)