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Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

Improving Health Literacy: Applying Knowledge Gained from the IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference was held May 7-9 in Irvine, CA. The conference attracts people from all over the country, including health educators, clinicians, public health workers, health insurance and systems personnel, librarians, and many others who have a need to understand best practices for improving health literacy among the population. The conference theme was ‘Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,’ an especially important and timely topic this year after the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Public Access to the Coachella Valley 2013 Community Health Monitor Results

by Eileen Packer, RD, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC, Inc.)
Palm Desert, CA

In January 2006, the California Wellness Foundation, the Desert Healthcare District Foundation, and the Regional Access Project Foundation convened on behalf of a health data collection system for the Coachella Valley, located in Southern California’s eastern Riverside County. In September 2006, Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) was incorporated, and by February 2007, became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In alignment with our mission, the triennial community health assessment is the centerpiece of our core competencies. HARC was the recipient of a 2013 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award of $9,000 to announce and distribute the 2013 community health monitor survey results during a public forum of community leaders. (more…)

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…)

First Responders Respond Positively to REMM Training!

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Several resources from the National Library of Medicine are widely known and heavily used by librarians, clinicians, researchers and members of the public. The list includes PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, and other useful resources which are accessed by users daily. However, there are NLM resources that are less known, but perhaps of far greater significance and benefit in times of emergency situations. REMM is one of those resources. REMM, Radiation Emergency Medical Management, is a web-based resource to provide guidance for health care providers and first responders about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. REMM aims to provide just-in-time, evidence-based information to users by providing sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise. (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…)

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…)

NLM 2013 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded seven HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2013, in the 20th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to the following recipient, which received funding for a project based in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region! (more…)