The National Library of Medicine K-12 team is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Outreach to Special Populations Branch (SIS). Teachers and students have been identified as a special population group that can benefit from the science and health information and resources which NLM provides.
Congratulations to Cheryl Rowan, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, and Emily Hurst, NN/LM SCR Technology Coordinator, both of whom were accepted to the 2014 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute. The Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders.
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On February 27th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published several proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label found on the majority of packaged foods in the United States. According to the FDA Guidance and Regulation page, the proposed changes include the following:
Greater understanding of nutritional science
Updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes
In order to encourage a greater understanding of nutritional science, the FDA will require that labels include information about added sugars, updated daily values, the amount of potassium and Vitamin D, as well as continuing to include “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” amounts while “Calories from Fat” will be removed.
The serving size requirements will be changed to reflect how people currently eat and drink, which is vastly different than 20 years ago–when serving sizes were first established. Serving size on labels will now include “what people actually eat, not what they ‘should’ be eating”. In addition, items usually consumed in a single sitting (ie, 20 oz sodas) will now be labeled as one serving instead of multiple. Larger packages that are usually consumed in multiple sittings will include “dual column” labels to include nutrition information for per serving as well as per package.
The new design of the label will feature larger text for caloric information and serving sizes. Consumers will also notice a shift of Percent Daily Values to the left of the label (for prominence) from it’s original position on the right. A clear explanation of Percent Daily Values will also be included.
As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you and your patrons remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others. Please note that if the dates and/or times are not convenient, most webinars are being archived.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 PM Eastern, focused on Latinos and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on the Partnership Center and to register for this webinar opportunity, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/resources/aca_101-invite.html
WebJunction is hosting the Health Happens in Libraries team for a webinar on Thursday, March 27 at 1 PM CT to explore inventive patron and partner engagement approaches which have been implemented by libraries in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period for the ACA. Join in to discuss your library’s experience! Registration for this free webinar, “Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement” is now open.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site.
The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.
While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.
About the Native Voices Web site
The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland. Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.
For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.
Wednesday, February 19th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)
Presenter: Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Topic: “Off the Shelf: Free Classroom Resources from the National Library of Medicine”
This month’s webinar will highlight some of the free NLM resources which include materials designed to introduce, reinforce, and supplement K-12 curricula. Resources covered will include: NLM Online Exhibitions, ToxMystery, ToxTown, GeneED, Genetics Home Reference, and others.
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As of January 1, 2014, many individuals have gained healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act via the Healthcare.gov website. Since October 1st there has been a constant stream of information and publicity about the continued roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare” and the Healthcare.gov website. As individuals began to sign up for coverage last fall, many libraries throughout the country provided assistance to their patrons for the process through a variety of services in their libraries. Before the beginning of open enrollment on October 1, NN/LM SCR staff provided several webinars created to support libraries, and, in particular public libraries, in their efforts with the ACA which reached more than 800 attendees. The NN/LM SCR is now listed as a Champion for Coverage.
Many of the SCR Resource Libraries and their outreach contacts have been on the front lines of providing information to their patrons about these initiatives. Below are some of the ways the NN/LM SCR Resource libraries have provided information regarding the ACA. Advance apologies for any omissions; this information was current based on available information at this time.
LSU Health Sciences Center Medical Library, Shreveport, LA (via Donna Timm): added information to their Healthelinks home page.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Information Center, Albuquerque, NM: created a LibGuide on the library website, “Affordable Care Act.”
University of Texas Health Sciences Center Libraries, San Antonio, TX (via Peg Seger): engaged in a large initiative supporting an on-campus Champions for Coverage student effort. The library discussed the ACA at their Community Advisors meeting in November. Several documents were created for use in promotion of the libraries as resources for ACA-related questions. The San Antonio Public Library has provided several locations with onsite navigators for enrollment assistance and has a page on their website devoted to ACA materials.
UT Southwestern Library, Dallas, TX: John Fullinwider (former outreach contact) provided a series of programs on the ACA to small town and rural public libraries in their service area, and also provided a Roundtable discussion at the SCC/MLA annual meeting in October on these efforts.
UTMB Health Moody Medical Library, Galveston, TX: created a LibGuide on the library website, “Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform.”
For a recent summary of the status of the ACA roll out and what the new year will bring, see the article from the January edition of The Nation’s Health: “Affordable Care Act brings new benefits as marketplace enrollment progresses: Reform advancing.”
For more information on resources related to the ACA, visit the NN/LM SCR webpage.
According to The Diagnosis Difference, a new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, “many people with serious health concerns take their health decisions seriously—and are seriously social about gathering and sharing information, both online and offline.” While the report shows that adults with chronic conditions are often less likely to be online, the report also shows that when adults with chronic conditions do go online they engage in social networks and health outlets to gather and share health information.
According to the report “internet users living with one or more conditions are more likely than other online adults to:
Gather information online about medical problems, treatments, and drugs.
Consult online reviews about drugs and other treatments.
Read or watch something online about someone else’s personal health experience.”
Libraries can have an impact for online health seekers. According to the report “30% of online health information seekers living with chronic conditions were asked to pay for something they wanted to access online.” When met with a pay wall, only 2% reported paying the fee to access full content. 17% gave up trying to access the content. The remaining information seekers attempted to find the same information elsewhere for free.
While adults with chronic conditions are gathering health information online, they are also more likely than others to talk with a clinician about what they find. For adults with chronic conditions, clinicians are the central source of information, but support groups, friends, and family also play an important role. According to the report “having a chronic condition significantly increases the likelihood someone got information or support from a doctor or health care professional, friends or family, or others with the same health condition.”
The report also demonstrates that individuals living with chronic conditions are “significantly more likely than other adults to track weight, diet, exercise, or health indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep patterns, or headaches.”
Adults living with chronic conditions who take their illness seriously are able to research and share information through online and face-to-face methods. This group has different health information seeking behaviors which set them apart from others. The video provides an brief summary of the report findings.