Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
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
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a recent funding opportunity intended to support Navigators providing health insurance enrollment assistance in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014 – 2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You may learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=93.332
Many libraries have actively partnered with Navigator organizations in their communities to support outreach, education, and enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Libraries have contributed in many ways, such as providing space for Navigator information sessions, making library computers available for enrollment sessions, and sharing resources from Navigators in person and online. HealthCare.gov defines Navigators as: An individual or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers.
The funding opportunity is available to all eligible individuals, as well as public and private entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants; applications are due July 10, 2014.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach (ECHO) Award:
Organization: The Alliance of Border Collaboratives, El Paso, TX
Title of Project: “Provision: Capacity Building Assistance Project”
Responsible Investigator: Rebeca Ramos
Description: The goal of this project is to increase awareness and utilization of NLM resources to Community Health Workers (Promotores) and the general population of El Paso County, TX and Dona Ana County, NM through development of training tutorials and community presentations. Development of training materials/tutorials will have a specific focus on information related to diabetes and mental health.
Organization: University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM
Title of Project: “Good Information for Good Health: Online Continuing Education for New Mexico Health Professionals”
Responsible Investigator: Gale Hannigan
Description: The goal of this project is to develop and make available accredited continuing education online modules that highlight NLM information resources. The content will be designed specifically for New Mexico primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.
Friday, May 9th, 2014
The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Express Outreach Award:
Organization: Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge LA
Title of Project: Finding Health Information in a Digital Video World
Responsible Investigator: Courtney Britton
Organization: Morningcrest Health Library, University of Oklahoma Tulsa, Tulsa OK
Title of Project: Improving OU-T Reach with Enhanced Media Presentations
Responsible Investigator: Ruth Neal
Organization: Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Title of Project: New Orleans HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources
Responsible Investigator: Elaine Hicks
Organization: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX
Title of Project: Eastside YMCA’s Summer Family Nutrition Series
Responsible Investigator: Tendai Matambanadzo
More information on these and all funded NN/LM SCR projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page
Friday, March 28th, 2014
The end of Marketplace Open Enrollment is now just 3 days away – March 31st – for individuals to sign up for coverage for this year. After March 31st, the next Open Enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. As of March 27, more than 6 million individuals had signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Individuals are being encouraged to use the online enrollment options via Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov or by phone using the toll free number at 1-800-318-25961-800-318-2596. Individuals are advised NOT to use a paper application form at this time to avoid missing the enrollment deadline. The Call Center continues to be staffed to provide assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance to those needing to start or complete an application, compare plans, enroll, or ask a question.
For sources of Public Service Announcements, sample Facebook and Twitter posts, blog posts, and stories of individuals who have recently received coverage, these sources have lots of information:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/insurance/index.html
CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace website
Twitter: @HealthCare.gov and several hashtags, including #GetCoveredNow and #ACA
Let’s help get the word out for people to #GetCoveredNow!
Photo credit: Healthcare.gov Facebook page
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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.
In addition to the many online resources which may be accessed through the National Library of Medicine’s website, educators may be interested in an electronic newsletter produced monthly entitled, “NLM Education Connection.” Subscription to the newsletter is available via: https://LIST.NIH.GOV/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=K12NLMRESOURCES&A=1 .
This month’s features include:
- Toxicology Resources for the Classroom
- Health Observances: National Nutrition Month
- Desalination Video that Wows!
Additional resources for I-12 teachers and students may be found at: http://k12.nlm.nih.gov/ .
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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.