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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

2013-14 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards Announced!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2013/14 Request for Proposals: Express Outreach/Training/Technology Awards. These projects will be funded for approximately $9,000 each, for a period of 12 months, beginning May 1, 2013. 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. Target groups include K-12 students, faith-based organizations, and ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the region. (more…)

“Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” on Display at Western University of Health Sciences!

by Patricia Vader
Executive Director, University Library
Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit, Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, from April 15 – May 18, 2013. This exhibit presents information about the disabled veterans of the Civil War and how they were impacted by the latest technology in weapons of the time. The death toll was huge and many of the injuries required amputation, the sacrifice of “life and limb.” (more…)

Reflections on the 8th Annual DiversityRx Conference in Oakland

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

The Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Achieving Equity in an Era of Innovation and Health System Transformation, which took place at the Oakland Marriott City Center March 11-14, 2013, was a spectacular event! I attended the meeting, along with Kay Deeney and Lori Tagawa from NN/LM PSR. Cheryl Rowan, MSLS, Consumer Health Coordinator from the NN/LM South Central Region, kicked off the event with a pre-conference session called From Beyond our Borders: Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations. She covered the importance of quality health information for refugee and immigrant communities, not only in their language, but in ways that are easier to understand culturally. Her session included demonstrations of resources that are designed to fulfill the need for this kind of information. (more…)

PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Held at UCLA!

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a meeting of the NN/LM PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) was convened at the UCLA Faculty Center. The committee had not met as a large group for several years, so the membership was completely reconstituted and revitalized! Fifteen committee members, representing the constituencies served by the RML, attended the meeting, along with RML staff. Composition of the committee includes health professionals, hospital librarians, academic librarians, school and public librarians, community college librarians, community health librarians, and community-based organization representatives. A complete list of RAC members, along with minutes and presentation slides of the 3/27/13 meeting, are available on the NN/LM PSR web site. (more…)

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

by Michael Kronenfeld
University Librarian
A.T. Still Memorial Library
Mesa, AZ

In honor of Martin Luther King’s January 17 birthday, the Arizona Branch of the A. T. Still Memorial Library, at the A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences, working with the University’s Cultural Competency Educational Committee, hosted Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. From December 7, 2012, to January 23, 2013, this traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) explored the roles that slaves, former slaves, and African-American freemen/women played in the medical theater of the American Civil War. (more…)

Reflections on the Latino Health Equity Conference

On Friday, March 8, 2013, I attended the second annual Latino Health Equity Conference at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). This conference, organized by the Hispanic Health Opportunities Learning Alliance (H2OLA) and funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, is a project of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) / CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training, in collaboration with the CSULB College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Health and Human Services. (more…)

Envision the Future: Translating Research into Healthy Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities

I attended the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparity and Health Equity Conference in Los Angeles in September. It was a fascinating conference. I didn’t understand why this conference was being sponsored by the University of Michigan and being held in Los Angeles! I soon learned! (more…)

Reflecting on the Essence of a Promotor: 10th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference

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

Kay Deeney and I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference, held December 7-8, 2012, in Los Angeles. This annual meeting is sponsored by the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED). (more…)

Reflections on the RSNA 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago

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

This year I had the pleasure of attending the 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 25-30, to represent the National Library of Medicine. This meeting is an international conference, which attracts radiologists, medical physicists, and other medical professionals. The conference hosts one of the largest medical meetings in the world, attracting more than 60,000 participants annually, and is held at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. It offers educational resources, both in exhibits, and continuing education sessions that offer credits towards the physicians’ maintenance of certification. (more…)

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities”

by Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona and
Lori Tagawa, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

Having the opportunity to attend the 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in Kansas City, MO, was an amazing experience. It was different; we were surrounded by a large diverse group, but with one similarity: librarianship! (more…)