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Save the Date: Oklahoma Health Literacy Conference

Making Info Meaningful

The first annual Making Information Meaningful conference will be held October 22-23, 2015 at the  Tulsa Tech Owasso Conference Center in Owasso, OK (Conference Website).  Using information literacy to foster critical thinking is the focus of this collaborative regional training opportunity and best practices and innovative means of instruction of the identification, location, evaluation, and effective use of information will be featured.  The conference is intended for a wide range of information professionals including academic, school, and public librarians, teachers and college/university faculty and students preparing for teaching or library careers.

Please contact Paula Settoon, Dean of Libraries, TCC at paula.settoon@tulsacc.edu or (918) 595-7461 with any questions.

 

National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 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.

Arkansas: http://www.arkpublichealth.org/

Louisiana: http://www.lpha.org/

New Mexico:  http://www.nmpha.org/

Oklahoma:  http://www.opha.net/

Texas: http://www.texaspha.org

New Funding Opportunities From NLM

The National Library of Medicine has announced new funding opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries and supporting offices for the 2016-2021 period of performance (NLM Announcement). This is the program helps us provide training and subcontract funding opportunities in the five state South Central Region of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as the eight full-time positions in the NN/LM South Central Region office here at The Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas.

In addition to the Regional Medical Library program, NLM has announced funding opportunities for serving as one of five NN/LM national offices. These offices are the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NN/LM Web Services Office, the NN/LM Training Office, the NN/LM Evaluation Office, and the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office.

All levels of governance at The Texas Medical Center Library are committed to continuing our work with the National Library of Medicine to support the biomedical information and training needs of the South Central Region. We are a consortial library serving the 56 institutions and 112,000 employees of The Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. We are on track to submit a strong application to continue serving as the Regional Medical Library for the South Central Region.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

NLM Director Retirement Program

On Monday, March 30, NN/LM South Central Region Director L. Maximilian Buja, MD and I had the honor of attending the retirement program of National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD. Having been appointed in 1984, Dr. Lindberg is the longest serving NLM Director. His impact on biomedical communication, medical informatics, and medical librarianship, is significant.

He introduced numerous landmark projects such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project, ClinicalTrials.gov, the Unified Medical Language System, and more. Don also created the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). NCBI has been a focal point for “Big Data” in biomedicine for decades, providing rapid access to the data generated by the Human Genome Project and now to massive amounts of genetic sequence data generated from evolving high-throughput sequencing technologies. GenBank, PubMed Central, and dbGaP are just some of the many NCBI databases that support and enable access to the results of research funded by NIH and many other organizations.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, and several others, shared many wonderful achievements and anecdotes. Please read the NIH Director’s statement (excerpt above) on Dr. Lindberg’s retirement to learn more about his career and accomplishments.

Here are a few photos of the program and reception.

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Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

Website Migration Complete

The infrastructure for all National Network of Libraries of Medicine websites is operated by the Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle, WA. Thanks to the excellent work of Michael Boer, Aron Beal, and Deric Ruhl of the Web-STOC team and Melissa Salas in my library, we recently completed our migration to a new website content management system. I also want to recognize Emily Hurst, Naomi Gonzales, and Michelle Malizia for their significant contributions to the SCR migration, and to Web-STOC’s understanding of what the RMLs would need. We hope you like it! nnlm.gov/scr

Each NN/LM Region and Center has hundreds of pages of content. From an IT perspective this is a major project management success. The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center was the first NN/LM Center to complete its migration (February 12). The MidContinental Region and South Central Region both went live March 30.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March 2015 SCR Website

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Native and Distance Services Librarian Pat Bradley, MLS, AHIP, was the 2014 recipient.

Nominations:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form (http://fnlm.org/pdfs/2015DeBakeyAwardNominationForm.pdf)
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-657-1296

Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1982, legislation was signed in the U.S. designating a National Child Abuse Prevention Week. In 1983 we graduated to an entire month of awareness, to be recognized each April. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is for families and communities to come together and work to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The state of Texas has the organization Prevent Child Abuse Texas and you can find your local state chapter from the Prevent Child Abuse America homepage.

As always, our own MedlinePlus is an excellent resource for this topic as well.

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End of Year Funding Emerging Technology and PDA

We still have limited funds for two types of subcontract awards for the for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015.  The Emerging Technology Award provides up to $4,500 per award, while the the Professional Development Award provides up to $1,500 per award.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We exhibited alongside this organization at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston in 2013, promoting NLM resources such as MedlinePlus’s Nutrition page.

Although the month of March is coming to a close, it is always a good time to review your nutrition habits and evaluate them. There are so many quality nutrition websites out there, such as:

These websites are a good educational start in your mission to eat well. Don’t forget about helpful apps that are available for your smartphone and devices. There are several of us here in the NN/LM SCR office that are using the Fooducate app, for example, which allows you to scan barcodes of food items and learn everything you wanted to know (and didn’t want to know!) about potential purchases.

Happy and healthy eating to you all!

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Community Health Status Indicators 2015 (CHSI 2015)

The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the CDC on the implementation of Community Health Status Indicators. (CHSI 2015) The purpose of CHSI 2015 is to provide heath profiles for the 3,143 counties in the United States. Social factors and the environment can have a direct correlation on an individual standard of living, especially health. If you or someone you know is interested to know about various factors that affect or influence health care outcomes, this is a good place to start. In addition, CHSI 2015 follows the directive of Healthy People2020 by seeking to inform the public about their social and physical environment which in turn, is a catalyst for healthier lifestyles for all.

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

 

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