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Archive for the ‘Consumer Health’ Category

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.┬áThe 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…)

Lighting the Way to the Nevada Library Association Conference in Reno!

PSR exhibited at the Nevada Library Association (NLA) Conference in Reno, NV in October. The theme of the conference was Lighting the Way. Librarians came from all over Nevada, along with some from California. (more…)

Celebrating 2013 National Medical Librarians Month!

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 “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Using LibGuides as a Platform to Disseminate Information About the Affordable Care Act

Ever since the panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on June 30, 2013, it became clear that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) would have an important role in preparing Network members for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Initially the number of inquiries received by our office was a trickle, but as the October 1 open enrollment date neared, the amount of interest grew substantially. Public libraries in particular were concerned about the potential impact and the influx of questions they might receive about how to apply for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, from people who do not have health insurance through their employers. Complicating matters even further, some states have their own ACA health insurance exchange, for example, Covered California. (more…)

Announcing the 2nd Edition of the Consumer Health Toolkit!

The 2nd Edition of the popular resource Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff has been published. This updated version of the Toolkit is available on the California State Library website at the same URL as the original version. The Toolkit is a comprehensive professional development resource for librarians and library staff, to build their competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. (more…)

Reflections on the 2013 Binational Promotores Conference

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

I had the opportunity to attend the Binational Promotores Conference 2013, which was held at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA, on August 5, 2013. This insightful conference, conducted entirely in Spanish, attracted more than 220 individuals, including promotores from many parts of the U.S., promotores from Zacatecas, Mexico, and representatives from many Mexican consulates. The event was sponsored by the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Health Initiative of the Americas. (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)