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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Teaching Mobile Access to Health Information and Promoting MedlinePlus Connect

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

Mobile devices are popular for using the powers of a conventional computer in environments where carrying one would be impractical. Loading pertinent Apps to mobile devices makes access to information, when needed, quick and easy. Instantaneous, on-demand access of NLM’s PubMed and MedlinePlus mobile sites accelerates results to health information queries and improves health care delivery. There is no doubt that MedlinePlus Connect for practitioners with EHR capability provides immediate highly useful patient education summaries during an office or hospital visit. However, there are major segments of San Diego’s diverse community without the ability or knowledge to benefit from these advances. Read more »

IHA’s Annual Health Literacy Conference: “Operational Solutions to Improve Health Literacy: At the Intersection of Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act”

The annual Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Health Literacy Conference in Irvine always provides a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field about health literacy topics and solutions, but this year was even better than usual. The Affordable Care Act brought about unprecedented challenges for individuals and providers alike. Health insurance is a complicated, multifaceted topic; a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that many average Americans have difficulty understanding common insurance terms such as premium and deductible. Read more »

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2014/2015!

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

This year our Outreach program in Arizona had quite a diverse set of programs reaching various populations within the state and beyond. This article provides a mini-overview of the many events accomplished. Read more »

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Reaching Out to the Unreached – Building a Health Information Hub in California’s Central Valley

by Ying Zhong, Nursing Librarian
Walter W. Stiern Library
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

In the Central Valley of California, the shortage of healthcare workers and resources which are required for the preparation of health professionals are predominant. Future health professionals need to be equipped with the right skills and expertise regarding health information seeking and evaluating, in order to meet the great challenge of serving an ethnic and culturally diverse population. To address this need, Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), and Bakersfield Adult School (BAS) initiated a pilot partnership to allow Vocational Nursing students from BAS to use the CSUB library facility and library resources, including print and online books and research databases. The CSUB nursing librarian also developed a one-year training program tailored to meet the needs of BAS nursing students. iPads and flash drives were purchased and provided to the BAS students to access and store health information from the CSUB Library website and the National Library of Medicine. Library tours and orientations were conducted in the CSUB library and BAS labs. Read more »

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Engaging Patients with MYSFHEALTH, the Patient Portal for the San Francisco Health Network

by Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS
Library Director
San Francisco General Hospital
Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco, CA

You may be surprised to learn that in San Francisco – the very center of the tech industry – 18% of residents do not have broadband internet at home. This includes our most vulnerable populations – those over 65 (69%), those without a high school degree (68%), and African Americans (70%) – all of whom have disproportionately low broadband internet access.1 Read more »

AAMC Training for Emergency Medicine Residency Directors

by Kathleen Carlson, MLS, Education Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ

I was selected to co-teach a workshop with Carol Hodgson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Canada. It was for AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program partnering with the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD). Read 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! Read more »

MLA’s Educational Webcast — The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship, held on April 22, 2015, was a success! Read more »

Announcing the 2015-16 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards!

Four outstanding projects were funded in response to the 2015-16 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, 2015. 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. Read more »

New NLM Funding Opportunity: 2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders, and others who play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The proposal submission deadline is Monday, July 6, 2015, at 12:00 PM EDT. Visit NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center web site for additional information and instructions about the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015. Read more »