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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

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…)

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…)

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…)

Announcing the 2014-15 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2014-15 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2014. The projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers, and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Big Bang Health Information Literacy, Outreach to Diverse Populations for Future Success

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

The title, Big Bang Health Information Literacy: Outreach to Diverse Populations for Future Success, stems from the cosmological model that the universe began at a single point and is expanding. As we contemplated the evolutionary process of health information literacy, an obvious observation is that the role of the medical library is continually expanding, evolving, and has become increasingly more universally diverse. It is actually fun to contemplate how what we know and do today will grow and change as new resources, technologies, and communities evolve. Even knowledge and demand for information grows and expands! However, high tech and advanced medical research achievements are not yet universally accessible to minority communities and special populations, especially in the remote neighborhoods within San Diego County. The need to know how to access free health information and stay healthy has become more critical, as the economic downturn, increased health care costs, diminished income, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact the health and well-being of nearly everyone. (more…)

A Librarian Experiences EMT Training

by Adele Dobry
Nursing Informationist, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
University of California, Los Angeles

During my four years working at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, I have gradually increased my involvement with the Department of Nursing, with the goal of becoming an embedded librarian. I currently participate within nursing research committees and Magnet councils and my next step toward embeddedness is to join nurses in a clinical setting. However, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has strict guidelines on who can participate in a clinical setting, which requires certification. A nursing colleague suggested that I enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician course to meet these requirements, and upon completion, provided an invitation to round with her unit. (more…)

Resources for Rare Disease Day

On February 28, 2014, the National Institutes of Health observed the seventh annual Rare Disease Day, with a day-long celebration and recognition of the various rare diseases research activities supported by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR); the NIH Clinical Center; other NIH Institutes and Centers; the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Product Development; other Federal Government agencies; the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD); and the Genetic Alliance. Rare Disease Day was established to raise awareness with the public about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments, and the impact of these diseases on patients’ lives. (more…)

Training Opportunities: Everything You Always Wanted to Know!

Are you curious about training opportunities? We receive various questions from Network members about where to find training opportunities. Some people are looking for continuing education credits; others are looking to become more knowledgeable about various subjects. Here are a few suggestions: (more…)

Update for NLM’s Specialized Information Services Resources

by Colette Hochstein, DMD, MLS, Technical Information Specialist
National Library of Medicine
Division of Specialized Information Services
Bethesda, MD

This article summarizes the latest developments for several of NLM’s Specialized Information Services resources as of February 2014. (more…)