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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category Questions and Answers

We recently received several inquiries regarding the database which arose during a training session conducted by a Network member, and wanted to take the opportunity to share the answers widely in case others have similar concerns. For more information about, feel free to contact me. Also, consider taking the online course Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians if you have not done so already; our next offering will be in early 2016. (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2015!

NMLM Poster: Are You A Risk Taker?October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is Are You A Risk Taker? When you need to be right, ask your medical librarian. In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Responding to an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

As mentioned in a recent Latitudes article, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Preparation and planning will provide the best chance of more positive outcomes after a disaster, but the library can also have great impact during an emergency or disaster event. The library can be a source of relevant and timely information, and may even be called upon to be a safe haven. Uncertainty about how to respond or delays in action can be avoided by having knowledge and tools in place ahead of time for immediate response. Today we have tools and resources that we hope we never have to use, but knowing about them in advance is key. (more…)

Preparing for an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the Great American Shakeout is just around the corner after that. Is your library prepared for a disaster or emergency? Taking steps to prepare for emergencies has clear benefits; it helps reduce fear and anxiety beforehand and can reduce or avoid losses and devastating impacts associated with the event. (more…)

IHA’s Annual Health Literacy Conference: “Operational Solutions to Improve Health Literacy: At the Intersection of Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act”

The annual Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Health Literacy Conference in Irvine always provides a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field about health literacy topics and solutions, but this year was even better than usual. The Affordable Care Act brought about unprecedented challenges for individuals and providers alike. Health insurance is a complicated, multifaceted topic; a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that many average Americans have difficulty understanding common insurance terms such as premium and deductible. (more…)

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2014/2015!

by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

This year our Outreach program in Arizona had quite a diverse set of programs reaching various populations within the state and beyond. This article provides a mini-overview of the many events accomplished. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Engaging Patients with MYSFHEALTH, the Patient Portal for the San Francisco Health Network

by Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS
Library Director
San Francisco General Hospital
Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco, CA

You may be surprised to learn that in San Francisco – the very center of the tech industry – 18% of residents do not have broadband internet at home. This includes our most vulnerable populations – those over 65 (69%), those without a high school degree (68%), and African Americans (70%) – all of whom have disproportionately low broadband internet access.1 (more…)

Announcing the 2015-16 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2015-16 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, 2015. 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…)

The Eagle Books – Diabetes Education Materials for Native American Youth

April is National Minority Health Month, which provides an opportunity to highlight some unique health resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) creates campaigns to educate the public about preventing disease. In 2005, the Native Diabetes Wellness Program introduced the Eagle Books series, a set of culturally relevant stories and videos for young Native American children about diabetes prevention. The books were very popular, and in 2012 the CDC created a toolkit and an outreach program featuring the books and new materials. Most of the titles are still available for ordering from the CDC website or for downloading as PDF files. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Development and Distribution of the Special Senior Health Report in Coachella Valley

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

Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC, Inc.) recently completed its third triennial health survey of Coachella Valley to provide data about the health needs and disparities facing the regions’ residents. This data offers the local public, health and social service agencies the general but critical information they need to address community health needs. (more…)