Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Yesterday, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol
Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.
The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:
• Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
• Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
• Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
• Updated look and feel with a refreshed design
This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively. Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.
In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.
Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol. Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
I am pleased to announce that Cheryl Rowan, the NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, recently received the 2014 Librarian of the Year Award by the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). This award recognizes a mid-career librarian for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship. Cheryl’s first encounter with the NN/LM SCR occurred in October 2008 when she was a recipient of the Library Student Outreach Award. In June of 2009, she joined the NN/LM SCR office as the Public Health Coordinator. In that position, she taught numerous classes on health literacy, statistics and outreach to minority and underserved populations. It was due to these and other accomplishments that she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She conducted presentations at national and regional conferences including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Conference, Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, Eight National Conference on Quality Health Care for Diverse Populations, Texas Library Association and American Library Association.
In December of 2012, she moved into the Consumer Health Coordinator position where she has taken a lead role in the dissemination of information on the Affordable Care Act. She has provided training on this topic to numerous library associations throughout the South Central Region. During Cheryl’s tenure, she has created numerous classes including: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources, From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations, and Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as 1,2,3.
As the Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR, I want to publicly thank Cheryl for her contributions to the NN/LM SCR program and her impact on librarians, health professionals and consumers throughout the country. This honor is well deserved. I look forward to continuing to work with Cheryl in the future.
Friday, September 26th, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is now accepting applications from young adults ages 15 to 20 for its Media-Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program.
MSY is a 10-lesson curriculum for youth ages 11 to 13 that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. Throughout the program, youth analyze advertisements and make media messages of their own, try healthy snack recipes, and discover fun ways to be physically active.
MSY teen leaders commit to carrying out the program from start to finish. In return, they receive leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses.
Applications are due October 24, 2014. For more details and to apply, visit http://go.usa.gov/pCwY.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) suggests the following posts for promotion via social media.
• .@NICHD_NIH releases a call for applications for its #MediaSmartYouth Teen Leaders Program: http://go.usa.gov/pCwY
• Be a #MediaSmartYouth teen leader & teach kids in your community to analyze media, eat right, & move more: http://go.usa.gov/pCwY
• Funding opportunity for teens: Apply to lead a #MediaSmartYouth program in your community: http://go.usa.gov/pCwY
• NICHD is accepting applications from young adults ages 15 to 20 for its #MediaSmartYouth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program. MSY is a 10-lesson curriculum that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. Teen leaders carry out the program from start to finish. In return, they get leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses. Applications are due October 24. http://go.usa.gov/pCwY
• Heads up, teens! If you care about health in your community and are on the lookout for a unique service project, consider applying for the #MediaSmartYouth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program. Applications are due October 24. http://go.usa.gov/pCwY
For more information about Media-Smart Youth, visit: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/msy/Pages/index.aspx
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the six recipients of the 2014 Library Student Outreach Award. Recipients will attend the Quint Chapter Meeting in Denver CO October 12-16.
- Student: Cindy Alvarez (Library School: University of North Texas)
- Student: Megan Bell (Library School: Louisiana State University)
- Student: Alexandria Brackett (Library School: University of Oklahoma)
- Student: Laura Fry (Library School: University of Texas)
- Student: Alice Jean Jaggers (Library School: University of North Texas)
- Student: Nora Ohnishi (Library School: University of North Texas)
For those of you who will be attending the meeting, stop by the NLM exhibit booth, meet your future co-workers and learn more about NLM databases.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Guest Author: David Duggar, MLIS, Reference Librarian, LSU Health Shreveport, Health Sciences Library
In May 2013, LSU Health Sciences Library in Shreveport received the Disaster Preparedness Award to provide information about disaster preparedness to the communities living in Caddo and Bossier Parish of northwest Louisiana. Librarians at the LSU Health Shreveport and NSU college of Nursing and Allied Health libraries partnered with the Shreve Memorial Library System and the Bossier Parish Public Library System to present quarterly programs on fires, floods, pets, and tornadoes. Local organizations which participated through speakers included the Shreveport and Bossier Fire Departments, Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (CBOHSEP), Local Emergency Planning Committee, Region 7 of Hospital Preparedness, and the Pet Education Project (PEP!).
Information was also disseminated at several local festivals and parades held in downtown Shreveport and during special activity days held by the Bossier Parish Public Library System. At least fourteen programs were planned and held over twenty days during the May 2013 – April 2014 funding cycle. At least five others were planned during the three months following the funding cycle. The population covered in the programs was predominately children ranging from preK – Grade 3, teens, parents, families, and adults.
Both public library systems had an unexpected result. The speaker from CBOHSEP did a site evaluation at each of the Bossier Parish Public Libraries for the safest locations for staff and patrons to go to in the event of a disaster. He also gave a presentation to all of the library managers of Bossier Parish as a special ‘in-service’ day arranged by the Library Director. Every branch of the Shreve Memorial Library System was furnished with an itemized emergency disaster kit in a large plastic tote placed in the bathroom of the staff’s workroom. These were purchased by the library system at the request of the Library Director.
The results of the first half of the “Are Your Prepared” project was presented at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s Meeting in October 2013 and a full overview of the project was presented at the Louisiana Library Association’s Conference in March 2014.
Photo credit: David Duggar
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
The deadline is coming soon for the NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award. The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship. The award provides funding for students to attend the Quint Chapter Medical Library Association Meeting in October 12-16, 2014 in Denver CO and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.
Library students residing in and currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply.
Deadline for Applications
September 8, 2014 5:00 pm CT
See the Call for Applications for additional information and the application.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
August is National Breastfeeding Month, first proclaimed by the United States Breastfeeding Committee in 2011. This blog post will highlight resources from the National Library of Medicine (and other authoritative sites) related to this topic.
LactMed: Drugs and Lactation Database is a National Library of Medicine (NLM) database containing information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. LactMed offers users the ability to search for a generic, brand or chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number, pharmacologic category, and/or subject terms, and retrieve information on the effects the agent has on breastfeeding. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. LactMed is updated monthly. In addition to access through the website, an App is available for both iPhone and Adroid devices.
Womenshealth.gov from the Office on Women’s Health currently has feature articles which address breastfeeding in the work environment, as well as a health topic page devoted to Breastfeeding. The topics page includes links to a fact sheet and other resources and information on: why breastfeeding is important, learning to breastfeed, breastfeeding challenges, pumping and storage of breast milk, and others.
MedlinePlus also has a Health Topics page devoted to Breastfeeding with links to materials in 14 languages other than English and Spanish. The page includes the usual types of information, including several videos, links to ClinicalTrials.gov and journal articles, and information just for dads!
In addition, two organizations provide national and local support for moms who breastfeed (or are considering breastfeeding) their babies: March of Dimes and La Leche League. Both organizations have local chapters and support groups which provide mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
The Medical Library Association (MLA) believes that access to high-quality information improves decision-making by health professionals, scientists, and consumers and is a major determinant in the quality of care and improved health for the nation and the world. MLA is interested in supporting individuals whose research will extend the underlying knowledge base of health sciences information management or enhance the practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship.
Areas of interest include the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information and knowledge on:
- Health care access and delivery;
- Public health services;
- Consumers’ use of health information;
- Biomedical research;
- Education for the health professions.
To that end, MLA is accepting applications for the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. Established in 2003, the annual fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to support research aimed at expanding the knowledge base linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. Areas of interest include the organization, delivery, use, and impact of information and knowledge on healthcare access and delivery, public health services, consumers’ use of health information, biomedical research, and education for the health professions.
Deadline for Applications: November 15.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is hosting a free 1‑day Marketplace training event for partners and stakeholders who provide general information or help educate consumers about the Marketplace, and/or help them apply for coverage.
This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for Navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The web-based training for certification of Navigators/Certified Assistance Counselors will be available in August, and for agents and brokers in July.
The training sessions will cover the following:
- An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Information on Health Insurance Literacy
- Current Marketplace Topics
- Best Practices and Lessons Learned
As with the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA, the states of AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX align exactly with CMS Region 6. Four training events are currently scheduled for Region 6: Houston, TX (August 5); Dallas, TX (August 27 & August 28); and Baton Rouge, LA (September 18).
For more information, including how to register, visit: http://www.seiservices.com/cmsmp2014/mp/MPHome.aspx
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Several recently released studies indicate that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped reduce the number of uninsured Americans by between 8 and 11 million in the first year of the Marketplaces. Other key points from one report¹:
- Many of the previously uninsured have used their new coverage to obtain needed care
- The uninsured rate for people ages 19-64 declined from 20% in the period July – September 2013 to 15% in the period April – June 2014
- Young men and women (ages 19-34) made up a significant portion of the decline
- In states which expanded Medicaid coverage, the uninsured rate for people in poverty declined at an even higher rate (28% to 17%)
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Navigators and Assister programs nationwide found that an estimated 10.6 million people received personal help from Navigators and Assisters during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). In total, more than 4,400 Assister Program provided assistance for enrollment. Most Assister programs reported that people looking for health insurance sought help because they did not understand the ACA or health insurance and lacked confidence to apply on their own. In addition, the survey showed that 90% of Assister Programs have already been re-ontacted by consumers with post-enrollment questions and problems.²
The next Open Enrollment Period for insurance coverage will begin on November 15, 2014. If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). Attend an informational webinar on July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT for clarification regarding eligibility requirements. For more information on the CAC program, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/cac.html
Information on the webinar:
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), specifically designed to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. It also seeks to give healthcare providers the tolls they need to promote patient engagement. An overview of the full range of resources included in C2C will be presented in a webinar on Wednesday, July 30th, at 11:00 a.m. CT: http://ow.ly/zpUfo
¹Gaining Ground: American’s Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period
²Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs