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Archive for March, 2010

Distance Learning & Telemedicine Funding Workshop

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a workshop via WebEx on funding availability for the 2010 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Gary Allen, Acting Director of Advanced Services Division a the USDA will provide information and answer questions about this funding opportunity.

The event will take place Thursday, April 1, 2010 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT.

Please note that while the workshop is free and registration is not required, the event will be limited to the first 150 callers.

The event will use Web-Ex please see below for directions on how to join the webinar.

Audio Conference Directions
1. Please call the following number: 1- 888-946-4716
2. When prompted, enter the conference participant passcode: 3566-423

WebEx Directions
1. Go to: https://rurdev.webex.com/
2. Enter Meeting Number 713-726-185 & click “Join”
3. Enter your name and email address
4. Enter the session password: rus
5. Click “Join Now”
6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen

Contact Kathie Klass with questions at 202-720-2284 or kathie.klass@wdc.usda.gov

Additional information about the Distance learning Telemedicine Program can be found online at For more information on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program visit: http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm

ClinicalTrials.gov Tutorials

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

NLM has a new series of tutorial on searching ClinicalTrials.gov.  They are only 2 to 4 minutes long.  The tutorials are:

  • Basic Search
  • Clinical Study Details
  • Customize Your Display
  • Advanced Search
  • Refine a Search
  • Downloading Search Results
  • RSS Feed Setup for a Search

Web-based course: Demonstrating Your Value

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Budgets are shrinking. However, department needs are not. We know that health sciences libraries can affect student learning, research, faculty instruction, and patient care. How can you describe that impact when many other departments are competing for the same, limited funds? “Demonstrating Value: Can Journals Compete with Mouse Cages In Institutional Budgets?” will reveal strategies for practical evaluation and user-centered assessment. After completing this course, you’ll be better prepared with the right data when a budget administrator asks, “How do I decide between journals for the library and mouse cages for the research program?”

8 hrs MLA CE credits.
Two sessions offered online, April 2010 and May 2010:
Session 1:  4/26 – 4/29
Session 2:  5/11 – 5/14

To view complete course information visit http://www.blueline.mlanet.org/education/web/index.html#3

To register visit http://tinyurl.com/demonstratingvalue.
Instructor:
Elia Kay Chapa, MPA, MLS
Program Evaluation and Assessment Specialist
UT Southwestern Medical Center Library
Email:  kay.chapa@utsouthwestern.edu
Phone: 214-648-2085

New Bisphenol A Page on Tox Town

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has released a Bisphenol A (BPA)  page: http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=69 .
Information is provided on where and how one might be exposed to BPA in the environment and how exposure can affect one’s health.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make lightweight, hard plastics and epoxy resins, and can be found in food and drink packaging, water bottles, and baby bottles. BPA can leach into food and beverages that are stored in these consumer products. More research is needed to determine how these findings affect human health. The summary can also be found in Spanish at http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/chemicals.php?id=70 .

Indian Health Care Improvement Act Made Permanent

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), the cornerstone legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, was made permanent when President Obama signed the bill on March 23, 2010, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The authorization of appropriations for the IHCIA had expired in 2000, and while various versions of the bill were considered by Congress since then, the act now has no expiration date.

The version of the IHCIA signed into law on March 23 differs in several respects from the original version passed by Congress in 1976.  It includes many major changes and improvements to facilitate the delivery of health care services.

The complete U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release is available at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/03/20100326a.html .

New Report Provides Overview of Nation’s Health

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Health, United States, 2009,” the federal government’s 33rd annual report to the president and Congress on the health of all Americans, provides 150 data tables covering the spectrum of health topics.

The report was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) from data gathered by state and federal health agencies and through ongoing national surveys. In a Chartbook and 150 detailed tables, the report provides an annual picture of the health of the entire United States. Trends are presented for health status and health care utilization, resources, and expenditures. This year’s report includes a special feature on medical technology.

Celebrate National Public Health Week: April 5-11, 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

NPWH Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) in observing National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2010. This year’s theme is: “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.”

The NPHW toolkit and planning materials are available online at http://www.nphw.org. The toolkit includes fact sheets, media outreach materials, suggested community events, legislative information, a special student toolkit, resources and activities for the entire community to use throughout National Public Health Week.

Additional information may also be found via the APHA website:  http://www.apha.org/.

New Topic Page on PHPartners.org

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce has released a new topic page on http://PHPartners.org : How to Access Journal Articles.

PHPartners is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health science libraries. The mission of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. 

The How to Access Journal Articles topic page is now available at http://phpartners.org/howtoaccess.html. The page includes information on how to access free full text journal articles, strategies to obtain journal articles through professional organizations and libraries, and paying for full-text journal articles.

PubMed and TOXNET Classes Coming to Lubbock, Texas

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Need help understanding the new changes to PubMed? Interested in learning more about the TOXNET database? The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC), the National Library of Medicine training experts, will be holding two classes at the Preston Smith Library in Lubbock, TX.

PubMed
Class description
Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:30am to 5:00pm

TOXNET
Class description
Friday, May 7, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm

To register for any or all of these classes, or to look for other class locations, simply click on this registration form link: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html.
Classes are free and open to all.

Update of Toxicology and Environmental Health (TEHIP) Web Page

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released an update for the Toxicology and Environmental Health (TEHIP) page (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro.html).

One of the goals of the redesign/update was to make the site more approachable and understandable with the use of images, descriptions, and other tools. The attempt was also to make it easier to navigate, with less scrolling.

Feedback on the redesign is welcome, and may be provided via the “Contact Us” tab at: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/siscontact.html.