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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

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…)

Report on 1/13/14 Hospital Libraries Panel Discussion

by Raquel Abad, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian
Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

On January 13, 2014, NN/LM PSR and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), co-sponsored a panel presentation regarding the current disturbing trend of hospital library closures. The session was held at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Hoover Pavilion in Palo Alto, and was also made available for remote participation using WebEx. Total attendance was about 50 people. The panel presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session among both in-person and remote attendees. (more…)

11th Annual Vision y Compromiso Conference in Los Angeles

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

Kay Deeney, NN/LM PSR Educational Services Coordinator, and I had the pleasure of attending, exhibiting and presenting at the 11th Annual Promotores and Community Health Workers Conference, Cultivating Our Strengths Towards a Dignified and Healthy Life, December 6-7, 2013, in Los Angeles. The meeting is sponsored every year by a non-profit organization, Vision y Compromiso. (more…)

A California Public Library Promotes the Affordable Care Act!

by Barbara Bibel, Consumer Health Information Specialist
Oakland Public Library
Oakland, CA

Public libraries are user-friendly community resources, so it is no surprise that people seeking information about the Affordable Care Act turn to the library. (more…)

Health Pathways: New Consumer Health Training Opportunities in the Pacific Southwest Region!

Health Information Needs and Response

As consumers become more involved with their own healthcare, the importance of access to quality, accurate, and appropriate information is crucial. The Affordable Care Act and the associated challenges for consumers underscore the need for information and the very real difficulties facing ordinary people as they try to navigate the system. Health information is often written at a high school reading level or above, yet many people read at lower levels or need information in other languages. (more…)