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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…)

Kelli Ham Receives 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award!

Ginny Steel and Kelli Ham

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!

HHS Releases Plans to Expand Freely Available Scientific Research Results For the Public

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…)

Your Input Is Needed for an RFI to Shape the Future of the NLM: Respond by March 13!

You have a unique opportunity to impact the future of the National Library of Medicine by providing input for the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)! A Request for Information (RFI) has just been issued soliciting input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM, to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections); collectively referred to in this RFI as “NLM elements.” Responses must be submitted electronically by March 13, 2015. (more…)

Native Voices Exhibit on Display at the UCLA Biomedical Library February 10 – April 6!

The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library has announced the opening of the traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, on loan from the National Library of Medicine. It is on display in the first floor of the Biomedical Library from February 10 – April 6, 2015. The exhibit is also available online. (more…)

Announcing a New Book for Libraries about the Affordable Care Act!

We recently received a copy of the new book by Francisca Goldsmith titled Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-Care Options. Just published by ALA Editions, and available for purchase through the ALA Store, the book is a concise handbook that helps library staff make sense of the complicated new reality of health care reform. The book consists of about 100 pages, organized into nine chapters and three appendices. Each chapter includes a short “Questions and Tasks” section, which provides a short list of questions or statements intended to point out things the library can do or should consider doing to provide better services to users. (more…)

Reflecting on the Health Promoter of the New Millennium: 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference

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

I recently attended the 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference, whose theme this year was The Essence of the Promoter in the New Millennium. The conference took place December 4-6, 2014, in Los Angeles. The conference is put together by an organization called “Vision Y Compromiso,” meaning Vision and Compromise. This organization was established 14 years ago, with a goal to provide training, leadership, and ongoing advocacy to support promotores and community health workers in California. Throughout the years, this conference has become so popular that it now attracts attendees from all over the world. The event is held annually and focuses on self-empowering education programs, with health as a main subject. We have seen this event grow in popularity each time we attend. (more…)

Workshop Recap for “Turning Outward: Community Assessment 101”

During October and most of November, many of our network member librarians participated in the comprehensive online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: the Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course is built upon the foundational concept that to serve the community well, one must truly understand it. The first course assignment requires a community health needs assessment, and students are directed to several resources for existing demographics and community health indicators. While this approach is very good for statistics and data, it misses an important angle – the community voice. (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2014!

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 “Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Arizona Hosts 41st Annual Rural Health Conference

AHSL Exhibit at the Rural Health Conference

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

This year, on August 7-8, Arizona hosted its 41st annual Rural Health Conference and 9th Annual Performance Improvement Summit. The focus of this conference was access to healthcare and support for rural areas with attempts to build partnerships to strengthen projects and programs all across the state, along with other topics of interest such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants included Critical Access Hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Quality Managers, and IT personnel.

The conference was hosted by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, attracting 146 registrants. It was held in Litchfield Park, a suburb of the Phoenix area, making it a central location for attendees. The conference consisted of both sessions and informational exhibits. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Saÿen from the Regional Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in San Francisco, who noted the ACA benefits and what it meant for Arizona.

The event also included exhibitors, one of which was the Arizona Health Sciences Library, offering information about both MedlinePlus and PubMed. This opportunity to talk to administrators of rural area hospitals and clinics was unique, and it offered a chance to provide them with information about the possibility of providing training at their institution for both consumer health communities and providers wanting to learn more about navigating resources from the National Library of Medicine.