Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Adapted from MedlinePlus (Health Day)
Health officials report that U.S. hospitals are making huge strides in the fight against antibiotic-resistance superbugs nevertheless, far too many people are becoming infected in health care facilities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advocating doctors, nurses and other health professionals to lead the fight against infections.
Study senior author Dr. Clifford McDonald states, “It is reported that more than 700,000 patients in the United States are infected by bacteria and 75, 000 die from acquired infections.”
He also adds, “In some hospitals, more than one in four infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
The six common antibiotic-resistant bacteria are:
- Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (extended-spectrum beta-lactamases)
- Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
- Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Adapted from SOPHE:
The Society for Public Health and Education (SOPHE) has announced March as National Nutrition month. The organization wants YOU participate and take the pledge to eat healthy.
Why eat healthy?
- To stay strong and active. Healthy foods have vitamins, mineral, and nutrients your body needs.
- To lower your health risks. Choosing healthier foods can help you lower your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- To manage your weight. Healthy diet and physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight.
- To set a positive example. If you have children, the healthy food choices your child sees you make now can impact their eating choices throughout their lifetime.
Top 10 easy ways to nutritious eating:
- Start breakfast with instant oatmeal and low-fat milk.
- Skip the fast food drive through.
- Keep low-fast yogurt, cheese and milk in your refrigerator.
- Snack on fruits and vegetables.
- Pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out.
- If you eat out, split the meal or only eat half.
- Eat thin crust pizza. Add veggies as toppings.
- Limit meat, fish and poultry to 5 ounces.
- Eat whole-grain breads.
- Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
For more information, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/national_nutrition_month.cfm
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
In the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Jeff Williams and Neil Rambo describe their library’s experiences following a major disaster. In October 2012, Super Storm Sandy caused significant damage to New York University Health Sciences Library’s facilities and collections. Williams and Rambo describe what they learned in their insightful JMLA article “It’s the end of the world and we feel fine.”
Although the losses experienced by our staff and our users were wrenching, we began to see that this forced disruption, this destruction completely out of our control, also provided opportunities. These included moving more quickly and forcefully in new areas than would have been previously imagined. Some of these included: (1) improving infrastructure around online services and resources, and (2) engaging with our various user communities to better understand their knowledge and data discovery and management needs.
Even though the resulting water damage triggered a significant adjustment to library operations, the authors note that some good came out of the experience. The library was forced to rethink library services provided in the health sciences center. At the end of their article, Williams and Rambo describe a thought experiment that can be a jumping off point for library organizations to reimagine their own libraries. Their article is well worth reading.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
The following is a message from National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins:
National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM) is a time to recognize the accomplishments of this country’s first inhabitants. As the early inhabitants of this great land, the native peoples of North America have their own tribal orientations, language origins, and cultural histories. Today, many healing techniques that are practiced have been adopted from traditions that originate from various Native American tribes. This year’s NNAHM theme, “Tribal Diversity: Weaving Together Our Traditions,” highlights spirituality as an inseparable element of healing in medicine. Healing the physical parts of a patient is not enough; one must acknowledge the importance of emotional wellness, as influenced by Native American rituals and traditions.
This month is dedicated to building new avenues of opportunity for Native Americans by making critical investments to improve health, to strengthen tribal communities, and to promote educational opportunities at the NIH. Maintaining an inclusive biomedical research workforce with a diversity of talent is critical to the NIH mission of fostering new discoveries and promoting the highest level of scientific integrity to improve our nation’s health. NNAHM allows the opportunity for every individual to learn more about the distinctive backgrounds and heritages of Native Americans.
I encourage everyone in the NIH community to show their support during National Native American Heritage Month by actively engaging with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI’s) social media campaign. To continue our inclusion efforts, on November 2, we will launch a month-long Twitter campaign (https://twitter.com/NIH_EDI). More information is located on the Strategist for the Native American Portfolio website (http://edi.nih.gov/people/sep/na/about) Together, let’s celebrate the many achievements made by Native Americans.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Friday, October 16th, 2015
The UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries are co-sponsoring the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16) August 10-13, 2016, to be held on the UCLA campus. This 3.5-day national forum on the topic of diversity in the library and information science profession and related sectors will feature a full day event of pre-conference activities on August 10 focusing on issues of accessibility and universal design, keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions, exhibits, and posters, all highlighting the conference theme Bridges to Inclusion.
The call for proposals is now available on the NDLC ’16 web site, http://ndlc.info/. The proposal form will be available on October 23, with a submission deadline of November 30. More conference information will be added as it becomes available. Registration is expected to open around February 1, 2016. Rates will be very reasonable. Reasonably priced on-campus accommodations near the meeting site will also be available.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:
A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
April 6-12, 2015, is designated as National Public Health Week by the American Public Health Association. APHA is an organization that seeks to highlight public health issues and policies facing Americans today. NPHW is a manifestation of these efforts, by seeking to collaboratively reach various communities with the goal to reflect and highlight various health related problems that face our nation. NPHW 2015 theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” Each day of the week, there will be an emphasis on a particular method on how we can become the healthiest nation in the world. They are
Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade – The public health community will discuss why many America is ranked poorly compared to other nations, although many believe we have the best health care in the world.
Tuesday, April 7: Starting from ZIP – Focuses an in-depth discussion of health disparities from one ZIP code to the next, and why.
Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum – Outlines current and trending changes for the public health community and how will it affect everyone.
Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections – Emphasis to seek out and sustain a collaborative effort with various public and private organizations, city officials, education personnel, etc. as partners to combat health related issues.
Friday, April 10: Building of 20 Years of Success-To reflect on past accomplishments of NPHW and discuss what must be done to accomplish the goal of becoming the healthiest nation in the world.
To find out more information about National Public Health Week, you can visit www. nphw.org/
In addition, you may contact your state’s public health association for events and programs.
New Mexico: http://www.nmpha.org/
Friday, February 20th, 2015
We were delighted to host six school librarians from around the five state region in Houston, Texas today. This was our School Library Advisory Committee. Our Advisory Committee program is a way for us to learn more about the information needs of other professions so that we can create outreach programs to suit those needs.
NN/LM SCR Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Consumer Health Coordinator Adela Justice, and Associate Director Jon Goodell met with them and discussed a range of topics, from NLM K-12 website resources to school library frontline advocacy. Some of the unexpected favorites were Haz-Map, the Exhibition Program, and Visible Proofs.
We hope they learned as much from us as we did from them!
In addition to our Outreach Committee, we have four advisory committees: the Public Health Advisory Committee, the Public Library Advisory Committee, the School Library Advisory Committee, and the Hospital Library Advisory Committee. To learn more about our Advisory Committee program, please see our Advisory Committee page.
School Library Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency. The NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers including the National Library of Medicine (NLM). According to the NIH website, NIH-funded medical research has significant positive impacted the health of Americans today. The NIH is the largest source for funding for medical research in the world. This funding creates hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. Budget cuts at the national level can greatly impact the funding that important medical research receives at the NIH.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was funded in 1912 and today is the nation’s largest coalition of biomedical researchers and is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers. FASEB recently updated their NIH State Information Factsheets which provide information on NIH funding in each state. The factsheets are presented as easy to read and print PDFs with a summary of funding information and how this funding benefits the economy of the state.
Additional tools about the impact of NIH funding are available from FASEB. FASEB makes available tools for advocating for resources for scientists as well as a toolbox for those visiting or writing their Congressional representative.
Monday, May 5th, 2014
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Hospital Library Promotion Award:
Institution: Oklahoma State University Medical Center, L.C. Baxter Medical Library
Project Title: Your Medical Library @ OSUMC
Project Director: Lou Ann Thompson
This project will promote library services and resources by the creation and distribution of a video and print materials. The video will be shown biweekly at the new employee orientation and yearly at the new resident orientation. A link to the video will be uploaded to the hospital electronic newsletter and intranet site. Print materials promoting library resources and services will be distributed when the video is shown.
Congratulations to Lou Ann Thompson and the L.C. Baxter Library!
More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.