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…)
Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category
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…)
by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
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
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…)
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…)
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…)
NN/LM PSR Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator Kelli Ham is the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award presented by LAUC-LA, the UCLA division of the Librarians of the University of California. This award is given in recognition of excellence in librarianship over the last twelve to eighteen months, particularly as such excellence in achievement furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA, and meets the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the university community.
The award was conferred during the LAUC-LA Spring Membership meeting on March 30, in recognition of Kelli’s exemplary outreach and educational work concerning the Affordable Care Act. Her efforts made relevant information available to a wide variety of audiences. Her award certificate notes that she is being honored “in recognition of her exceptional leadership, dedication, and creativity in working to prepare both library staff members of the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the UCLA community for the implementation and ongoing operation of the Affordable Care Act, and her tireless fulfillment of her mission to facilitate access to critical health information for health professionals and the communities they serve.”
To view the success of Kelli’s endeavors, visit the beautifully designed NN/LM PSR LibGuide, Libraries and the Affordable Care Act, or watch the recorded webinar presentation, Get covered at the Library: Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries. Kelli was also the principal author and editor of the highly-used and respected resource Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff, 2nd edition, published in 2013. Recently, Kelli was invited to contribute as a co-author for two chapters of the Medical Library Association monograph The Affordable Care Act: A Librarian’s Practical Guide, due for publication later this year.
Kudos to Kelli!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just taken a giant step forward in enabling the public to obtain results of government-funded research, by releasing a comprehensive set of plans outlining how its agencies will expand access to the results of scientific research for the public. These plans were developed in response to a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) memorandum that directed federal research agencies to increase access to peer-reviewed scientific publications and digital data developed by researchers. (more…)