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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. Read 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! 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 »

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. Read more »

NN/LM PSR State Pages Get a New Look!

In October 2013, we significantly revamped the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region “state pages” (Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific), and moved them to the eye-catching LibGuides platform! First launched over ten years ago, these pages are designed to help PSR Network members to better understand health needs in their specific geographic area and facilitate gathering health data and/or statistics for the area. This demographic and health-related data can assist in planning health information outreach projects, competing for NN/LM awards or NLM grants and funding, and measuring your library’s impact. Read 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. Read more »

A Survey of Biomedical Informatics: The Woods Hole Experience

Dr. Donald Lindberg and Joyce MitchellAmong medical librarians, the phrase ‘Woods Hole’ is synonymous with a week of immersion into the topic of biomedical informatics. For those who haven’t experienced it, the idea of attending is intriguing yet daunting. Those who have attended return to their home institutions with a new appreciation and enthusiasm about the field. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics; including medical terminologies, electronic health records, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, consumer informatics, and many other related topics. Read 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. Read more »

NLM Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the third year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics, including those from the National Library of Medicine. One of the awardees is based in the Pacific Southwest Region! Special congratulations to Jane Barnwell at Pacific Resources for Learning and Education (PREL) in Honolulu, HI, for the project “Disaster Health Information in American Samoa:” Read 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. Read more »